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

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 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

Conferences 2015

  • The School of English together with the Long Room Hub will be hosting a conference on the theme of ‘Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism’ on 2-3 July. The programme and registration details can be found here.
  • TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland. Annual Conference in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, 10th October 2015. Call for papers by Friday, 26th June 2015.

News & Announcements

  • Jane Clarke an alumna of the School of English publishes her first book 'The River', published by Bloodaxe Books, will be launched by Anne Enright on Wednesday, 24th June 2015 at 6.30 pm in Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dublin.
    from 'River at Dawn'
    ...........................................A heron flies up from the callows, leads river and rowers into the day, lean in, catch, pull back, release.

  • Creative Networks and Cultural Output TLRH 19-20 June 2015
    The School of English in partnership with the Department of Economics is hosting a conference on the economic contexts of cultural production, to consider the relevance of network theory and quantitative data analysis to our knowledge of literature, music and the visual arts. Keynote lecturer Professor William St Clair, Senior Research Fellow at the University of London’s School of Advanced Studies and author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, joins speakers from the US, Europe and Ireland to discuss these topics. For more information contact Professor Eve Patten or see

  • An evening of poetry and music to launch 'Spanish Affair', a CD of poetry and music in aid of Arklow Cancer Support Group. Poet Shirley McClure invites guests Jane Clarke and Katie Donovan all of who are alumni from the School of English. Launching in both Dublin (Tuesday, 16th June 2015) and Arklow (Thursday, 18th June 2015)
  • School of English doctoral student is awarded A J Leventhal Scholarship (2014-2015)
    The prestigious A.J. Leventhal Scholarship  for 2014-15 has been awarded to Conor Linnie, a PhD student with the School of English. Conor is writing his doctoral thesis on Nevill Johnson and post WW2 Irish literary and visual culture. His supervisor is Professor Gerald Dawe.

    "I intend to use the fund to research the Louis MacNeice archives in the Bodleian, Oxford and a number of important theses on Irish art in the Courtauld Gallery Library, London".

    The award is in memory of A.J. (Con) Leventhal, Dublin scholar and man of letters, who succeeded Samuel Beckett as Lecturer in French at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Corvus has signed a novel by Irish author Catherine Ryan Howard. She is currently studying for a BA in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin as a mature student.

    Editorial director Sara O'Keeffe signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in Distress Signals in a deal with Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company.

    The book is described as The Girl on the Train meets Murder on the Orient Express. It sees a man investigating the disappearance of his girlfriend on a business trip, an investigation that leads him to a cruise ship where another girl disappeared in suspicious circumstances.

    Howard has previously self-published two travel memoirs, and led workshops for Faber Academy, the Irish Writers' Centre and Publishing Ireland, as well as working freelance for Penguin Ireland.

    O'Keeffe said: "From the very first page I knew it was something special. This is a brilliantly clever novel – replete with strong plotting, great characterisation and a nail-biting denouement; a truly satisfying thriller from an exceptional new talent."

    Howard said: "This really is a lifelong dream come true for me and I have proof: on my desk, I keep a photo of an eight-year-old me on Christmas morning, tapping away on the typewriter Santa brought while a Barbie van sits to the side."

    Distress Signals will be published in June 2016.

  • All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories, edited by Deirdre Madden (Molly Fox's Birthday, Time Present and Time Past), continues the tradition of featuring the work of both new and established writers, including Colm Tóibín, Mary Morrissy and Eoin McNamee. These diverse and accomplished stories, by turns dazzling, thoughtful and startling, bring new ideas and energy to the form and richly enhance the tradition of Irish fiction. This will be published by Faber and Faber on 21st May 2015.

  • On Sunday, 24th May 2015 at 6.00 p.m. in Smock Alley Theatre Deirdre Madden will take part in an event as part of International Literature Festival Dublin with Selina Guinness and Eoin McNamee and chaired by Prof Stephen Matterson.'

  • As Ireland gears up to vote on the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd, multi-award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín will give a public lecture on same-sex relationships in literature on Thursday, 14th May 2015 at 6.30 p.m. in J.M. Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. To ensure sufficient seating, registration is required.

    The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Paul Delaney (TCD), Dr Heather Ingman (TCD) and Dr Danielle Clarke (UCD), chaired by Prof Nicholas Grene (TCD).  The event is organised by the School of English as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ discussion series.

    The public lecture and panel discussion will coincide with a visual display on the subject of same-sex relationships in English literature. From Chaucer to Children’s Literature, the slideshow illustrates the manner in which some staff members at the School of English engage with the topic in their teaching and research and can be seen on the screen in the arts building tunnel at the Nassau Street entrance to College and on the Trinity Long Room Hub website. Further information and registration details can be found here.
  • 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.

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Last updated 29 June 2015 School of English (Email).