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Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College, placed 25th in the world and 7th in Europe by the 2014 QS University Rankings by Subject.

Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College. The School is one of the oldest in the world and in 1867 founded the first ever Chair in English Literature, named after Trinity Professor Edward Dowden. On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, international, post-graduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. There are also links to the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing (below) and to the School of English Facebook page. For information on how to apply to the School of English, please see

News & Announcements

  • shapiroProfessor James Shapiro, Columbia University, will give the 2015 H.O. White Memorial Lecture, "Shakespeare, Equivocation and 1606", on 18 February at 8pm in the Mairtin Ui Chadain Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. All are welcome.
  • Michaelmas Term has been a busy time for book launches by members of the School.  First came Philip Coleman’s John Berryman’s Public Vision, published by UCD Press, and launched at Newman House on 1 October. On 6 October, Gerald Dawe’s latest book of poems, Mickey Finn’s Air, published by Gallery Press, was welcomed in the Senior Common Room by Richard Ford, the School’s International Professor of Prose Fiction.  On 25 November, Across the Boundaries: Talking about Thomas Kilroy, edited by Guy Woodward, (Carysfort Press) was launched at the Abbey Theatre.  And in Long Room Hub on 4 December there was the launch of Paul Delaney’s Séan O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s from Irish Academic Press. Dr Alex Runchman’s monograph Delmore Schwartz: A Critical Reassessment (May 2014) was formally launched on Tuesday 9th December at the Irish Centre for Poetry Strudies (Mater Dei Institute, DCU) by Dr Lee Jenkins of University College Cork.
  • As a new development, the School is issuing live podcasts of its major public events this term on its Literary Arts page [].  Included in this are papers given to the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series given by our own colleagues Brendan O’Connell and Jarlath Killeen, and by visiting speakers Jesse Lander and Declan Kiberd.  On the site, also, you can find Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan’s lecture on ‘The Solace of Artemis’ and the poetry reading by Paul Muldoon.
    Together with the Centre for Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute, the School hosted a conference to celebrate the centenary of John Berryman in early October. With speakers from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Romania, Canada and the United States, the conference was opened by Professor Paula Meehan and included a reading by over a dozen poets included in Philip Coleman’s anthology Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse, including Theo Dorgan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Julie O’Callaghan and Macdara Woods. Scholars from the School of English including Eve Cobain and Alex Runchman gave papers at the conference and also contributed to an international conference on Berryman at the University of Minnesota on the weekend of October 24-25. An article on Berryman’s legacy written by Philip Coleman was also published in The Irish Times on the weekend of October 11, with two ‘Dream Songs’ from Berryman’s Fate by Paul Muldoon and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

  • Paula Meehan, who is beginning her year’s association with Trinity College as Ireland Chair of Poetry, received a standing ovation from the large audience in the J.M. Synge Theatre on 27 November, when she delivered her public lecture on ‘The Solace of Artemis’.  In her address, which led its listeners from her childhood in inner city Dublin to the north-western United States and back to the Arcadia of Greece, she brought together the apparently unrelated subjects of bears, teachers and the goddess Artemis, into a mesmerising exploration of the workings of the poetic imagination.  For those who missed the live event, the lecture is available as a podcast on the School’s Literary Arts page:
  • Paul Muldoon, the distinguished Irish poet, gave a reading to a large audience in the Edmund Burke Theatre on 4th December, the evening before he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Trinity College.  Beginning with his extraordinary poem ‘Anseo’, with its tellingly oblique insight into the Troubles, he read a selection of his earlier and later work, including songs written for his band the Wayside Shrines collected in The Word on the Street (2013).

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Last updated 18 February 2015 School of English (Email).