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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

  • The annual conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research on the theme of ‘Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts’, organised by Philip Coleman and Clare Hayes-Brady, took place on 17-18 April, co-hosted by the School of English, UCD and the Irish Writers Centre.  For full details see

  • Poetry, memoir and song with Gerald Dawe and Eleanor Shanley, will take place to mark the publiciation by Lagan Press of 'Early Poems' and 'The Stoic Man' - the final part of the Lagan Series. Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 5.00 p.m. at the Studio, Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
  • The Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, School of English, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announce the upcoming event;
    The Achievement of Derek Mahon with Stephen Rea reading poems by Derek Mahon followed by 'Beginnings and Endings: Looking back at the achievement of Derek Mahon' a public lecture by Professor Hugh Haughton (University of York) on Friday, 10 April 2015 at 7.00 pm in the Neil Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub.
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  • Julian Gough, our current Irish Writer Fellow, will be giving a public reading on Monday 30 March at 7.30 in the Mhairtin Ui Chadhain Theatre, all welcome.  Julian writes ‘serious novels disguised as funny novels’, including Juno and Juliet (2002) and Jude: Level 1 (2007) and Jude in London (2011). gough-julian-pic
  • R.I.P. Sir Terry Pratchett

    The School of English is deeply saddened by the death of renowned fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett, who was a frequent visitor and much-loved friend of the college. Sir Terry, who was appointed an adjunct Professor within the School in November 2010, delighted students and staff alike with his witty, incisive, and no-nonsense M.Phil workshops, which allowed him to discuss his thoughts on the craft of writing, the fantasy and science fiction genres, and all manner of related (and marvellously unrelated) topics. He was an deeply intelligent, thoughtful man whose work has brought joy to millions of dedicated readers. His stoicism in the face of recent adversity has also rightly been much admired. Sir Terry will be sorely missed by all of us here in the School, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.  “DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.” (Good Omens, with Neil Gaiman, 1990) sir-terry-prachett image
  • Congratulations to our graduate and former Writer Fellow, Anne Enright, on being elected as the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.  Anne’s eagerly awaited new novel, The Green Road, will be published by Jonathan Cape in May. anne-enright-pic
  • Congratulations, also, to MPhil in Creative Writing graduates, Andrew Fox and Sara Baume on the publication of their first books, both very well reviewed: Andrew’s collection of short stories, Over Our Heads (Penguin Ireland) and Sara’s novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Tramp Press).
  • At the School of English Book Party on 11 February, to which graduates were invited, we celebrated the publication of some twenty-five major works by colleagues in the last two years.   Paula Meehan, the Ireland Professor of Poetry and herself a Trinity graduate in English, spoke eloquently about the crucial importance of research in the humanities for our universities.  She saluted the achievement of the School in these terms: ‘Tonight is a chance to pause and collectively congratulate the formidable congregation of scholars, of writers, of poets, of researchers, the ones who have gone deep into the mines of self, into the archives, into the tradition, to bring back into the light of day the truths we need to live by. The proof of their journeys is on show this evening; creative and scholarly’.
  • James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University, delivered the H.O. White Memorial Lecture on ‘Shakespeare, Equivocation and 1606’ on 18 February.  This was a preview of his next book Shakespeare and 1606: the Year of Lear, due out from Faber in the autumn.  The lecture is podcast on the School website at james-shapiro-pic

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Last updated 20 April 2015 School of English (Email).