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School of English Visiting Professor Richard Ford reads in Trinity

School of English students in the Departmental Library

Chris Morash is appointed to the
Seamus Heaney Professorship
of Irish Writing

Editors of Icarus present the Journal's latest issue

The School of English hosts a public reading by Sam Shepard

Seamus Heaney at the School of English 'Paradise Lost' charity readathon

School Administrator Orla McCarthy welcomes new students

Renowned crime fiction writer P.D.James is hosted by the School of English

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 or

News & Announcements

  • Jack & Beans‘Picturing Pollard’:  Monday 28th April, Long Room Hub, 5pm.
    The collection of books bequeathed to Trinity College Dublin by Mary ‘Paul’ Pollard spans a period of almost 300 years. The cut-off date for the collection was 1914, a time at which the modern picturebook was in its infancy. Consequently, the form is not strongly represented in the collection, despite its including works by Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway.  In  ‘Picturing Pollard’, Dr Valerie Coghlan will suggest one book from each decade since 1914 that Paul Pollard might have chosen to exemplify the development of the picturebook.

    All welcome!
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Bicentenary Conference: Trinity College Dublin will host an international conference on 15-16 October to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the Irish Victorian writer J. S. Le Fanu. More details can be found at For further inquiries, please contact Valeria Cavalli at
  • Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2014) Congratulations to Margot Blankier, a PhD student at the School of English, who was awarded this year’s Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2014). The bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s book collections at Trinity and Yale - the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books at Trinity College and the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature at Yale University.
  • Congratulations to Senior Sophister Cillian Fahy, who has been awarded a prestigious Gates Scholarship to pursue an M. Phil in European Literature and Culture at Cambridge. He was selected from over 3600 applicants. ‘I'm very grateful to the School of English for helping me win the scholarship’, Cillian writes. ‘The education I've received really stood to me at interview, and I've no doubt also that the reputation of the School played a role in winning the award.'

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Last updated 14 April 2014 School of English (Email).