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School of English Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Tuesday, 8th December 2015

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

Dr Tom Walker publishes his new book Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time

Colm Tóibín before speaking on same sex relationships in literature at event organised by the School of English

Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College, placed 32nd in the world and 7th in Europe by the 2015 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

  • The School of English wishes to congratule Keith Payne a former undergraduate who has just been named as the recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary recipient.

  • The School of English is now accepting applications for the Yale-TCD Alumni Bursary for Research in Children's Literature, 2016.  This bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s collections in TCD and Yale. Approximately €3,500 will be made available to facilitate travel to work on the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature at Yale University in 2016/17. This covers costs for a four-week stay (approximately) in the USA.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students in the School of English and be engaged in an independent research project  - e.g. a final year undergraduate dissertation, Masters or PhD thesis -  within the School, and must obtain course coordinator or supervisor's approval to travel.

    The Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature encompasses 10,552 monograph items (printed books and other items, such as kerchiefs and games) along with 664 periodical titles (consisting of thousands of individual issues) and 53 archival boxes of manuscripts and letters. In the words of the woman who gathered the collection, “My underlying scheme is to present historically the books American children read – from the beginning to the present day. These books were not always the ones intended for them – but somehow they knew better and from their nursery library came the genesis of the American spirit.”
    Found in the collection are books from the colonial period, reading and learning manuals, etiquette books, children's literature classics, fairy tales, poetry (including Mother Goose rhymes), American editions of British or European classics, books about American history or great American figures, letters and manuscripts by writers of children's literature, or written by young people or to them, chapbooks, juvenile journalism, games, book dummies, and original artwork by American illustrators. The Beinecke Library continues to add items that complement the original collection.

    Yale University is located just north of New York City, approximatley 90 minutes by train. The award allows an independent researcher access to the collection at the Beinecke Library. The bursary should cover the costs of  return travel between Dublin and Yale, and accommodation and subsistence for an estimated four-week stay. Please note it is expected that the successful candidate will travel to Yale between June 2016 and March 2017, at a time that also suits the curator of the collection.

    For more details, please see the application form.
    Please send the completed application form to

    Deadline: 31st March, 2016 (Week 11 of Hilary Term)

  • The Roy McFadden Library, Oscar Wilde Centre was opened on Thursday, 28th January 2016 by the Honorable Sir Donnell Deeny, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin, with members of the McFadden family and the Acting Director, Professor Eve Patten.

    Rare volumes of poetry and prose by WB Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh and Mary Lavin are among 2,000 books and journals contained in a new library at the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing opened by Trinity Pro-Chancellor, the Honorable Sir Donnell Deeny last week.

    Housed in the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity, the Roy McFadden Library, is a unique collection of books and journals on Irish and world literature, owned by the Northern Irish poet Roy McFadden (1921-1999) and kindly loaned to the Centre by the McFadden family.

    The collection includes numerous rare volumes of poetry and prose by Irish writers from Thomas Moore, William Allingham and W.B. Yeats to Mary Lavin, Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney; a wide range of modern British and European authors (many in first edition form), and a valuable selection of twentieth-century journals including Penguin New Writing, Lagan and the Honest Ulsterman.

    The Roy McFadden Library, which has been catalogued with support from Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme, offers scholars a rich resource for the study not only of modern literature but also of Irish publishing history, with superb examples of publications from presses such as Maunsel, Cuala and Talbot.

    Speaking at the launch, Professor Eve Patten, Acting Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre said: “We are truly honoured that the McFadden family has entrusted these books to us. This collection represents a substantial contribution to the resources available for scholars and students at the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish and Creative Writing in Trinity, and the opening celebration is an opportunity to offer our gratitude to the McFadden family for their generosity.”

    Stephen McFadden added: “We’re very pleased that this collection will be cared for by the Oscar Wilde Centre in Trinity College Dublin. My father would have been proud to see his library used by a new generation of researchers and writers, and we hope that the written word will inspire them as it inspired him.”


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  • Prof Paul Delaney discusses his research into Irish writer Seán O’Faoláin   #ProvostsReview

  • Trinity College Dublin and Making Ireland present the first of three interdisciplinary workshops in the Institutions & Ireland series Medicine, Health, and Welfare on Friday, 5 February 2016 in Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts & Humanities Research Institute. Keynote Speaker: Dr Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital. The first in this series of interdisciplinary workshops will investigate the role of the institutions of medicine, health, and welfare in “making” Ireland. Four interdisciplinary panels of medical practitioners, historians, sociologists, and literary scholars will discuss the role of institutions in Ireland, past and present. Panels include architecture of the state, patient care, gender and sexuality, and childbirth. and (
    To register for the event please click here.
    All welcome, admission is free.

    The Ireland Chair of Poetry, Professor Paula Meehan, will give a poetry reading on Wednesday the 20th of January 2016 at 7 pm in the Synge Theatre, Arts Building, College. For further details see:

  • The School of English is delighted to announce that Gavin Corbett will be in residence as Arts Council-TCD Irish Writer Fellow for 2016 next Hilary Term. More information about his work can be found here: Further information will follow in January
  • The final staff-postgraduate seminar of 2015 will take place on Tuesday, 15th December 2015 at 5.00 p.m. in the Long Room Hub. Professor Kevin Whelan (Michael Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Dublin) will attend as a guest lecturer and closing speaker, as one of the leading experts on Ireland's history, geography, literature and culture and will present on:"1916: What Caused the Rising?"

  • The School of English and the Journal of Literary Translation will host a public lecture by Professor Chris Morash titled 'Why Commemorate Yeats?' and a poetry reading by contributors to the Yeats Special Edition of the Journal of Literary Translation on Tuesday, 8th December 2015 at 6.30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. This event is a celebration of the sesquicentenary of the birth of W.B. Yeats. 
    Contributors to the Yeats Special Edition of the Journal of Literary Translation will read new translations of Yeats' poetry, which will be interpolated into Professor Morash's lecture.  All welcome and admission is free
    For additional information on the event visit For further information please contact Julia Maher at

  • Congratulations to School of English graduate Niamh Donnelly (2013), whose short story "How to Float" has been published as the Hennessy Short Story of the Month for November in the Irish Times. The story can be read online here:      
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  • Visiting Professor Jeff Sharlet (Dartmouth College) has written some non-fiction responses to recent events in Paris, with photographs by Tanja Hollander, for Esquire magazine's online edition: Prof Sharlet is teaching a Sophister option on literary non-fiction in Michaelmas Term 2015.

  • Dr. Tom Walker awarded a Starter Grant in the IRC New Horizons Scheme
    This award will provide €65,000 of funding for a 15-month project entitled Yeats and the Writing of Art. The research will consider the extensive relationship between Yeats's work and the visual arts through the prism of art writing – encompassing the many textual forms through which art spectatorship and writing were combined during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. The project will illuminate the tension in Yeats's work between socio-political and idealist conceptions of the arts. Research findings will also intersect with wider questions about the relationship between Victorian and Modernist culture, as well as the place of the visual aesthetic and its ideologies in Irish cultural, intellectual, institutional and political history. The results will be disseminated through academic publications, as well as a research symposium, student workshops and an exhibition. The award includes a research assistant position and a one-year teaching buy-out. In total 7 awards were offered in this strand in the first year of this competitive scheme.

    For more news and events please click here

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