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

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

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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

Conferences 2015

  • TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland. Annual Conference in Trinity College Dublin took place on Saturday, 10th October 2015.

News & Announcements

  • 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.

  • A poetry reading by Peter McDonald will take place on Tuesday, 17th November at 7.00pm in Jonathan Swift Theatre, 2014A, Arts Building, Trinity College. The Belfast-born writer Peter McDonald is the author of five volumes of poetry, as well as being an academic and critic. His Collected Poems (2012) was praised in the Irish Times as "'Hugely impressive... not just rich but endlessly varied and subtle... marvellous." His sixth collection of poetry appears next year, along with his new verse translation of the Greek Homeric Hymns. He works as Professor of British and Irish poetry in the University of Oxford. Admission Free: All Welcome

  • The poet and Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, Gerald Dawe will be in conversation with the novelist and former politician Liz McManus about his latest publication, Of War and War's Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing. On Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at 6.30pm The Studio, DLR LexIcon Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire Co. Dublin Admission Free: All Welcome
    This important study highlights war and revolution and their impact on the writing lives of Irish poets and novelists from the First World War and the Easter Rising through the War of Independence to the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and the Northern 'Troubles'. In these years of commemoration and remembrance, this book is an important reminder of the power of writing and language in the face of war.

  • Death, violence and the monstrous in children’s literature are explored in a new exhibition at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 to mark the end of a two year project by the National Collection of Children’s Books (NCCB) project which has seen the development of a new online catalogue ( detailing over 250,000 children’s books in over 90 languages from five libraries in Dublin. The project is a joint initiative between the School of English at Trinity College Dublin and the Church of Ireland College of Education, and was funded by the Irish Research Council.

  • On 18 October Dr. Aileen Douglas of the School of English was the speaker at the Annual Swift Commemoration Service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin. This evensong service commemorates Jonathan Swift, author and former Dean of the Cathedral. Dr. Douglas addressed the congregation on the subject of Swift and Women.

  • Dr Tom Walker publishes his new book Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time tom-walker-book-cover-louis macneice

  • Congratulations to Dr. Amy Prendergast. Her book Literary Salons across Britain and Ireland in the Long Eighteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan) was launched in Marsh’s Library, Dublin on September 17. Amy’s book derives from her TCD PhD thesis (2012) supervised by Ian Ross who launched the book. She completed the monograph while an IRC supported Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English, mentored by Aileen Douglas. prendergast launch

  • The School congratulates Dr. Alexandra Tauvry, who completed a PhD on the poetry of Paul Muldoon under the supervision of Prof Brian Cliff in 2014,  on her achievement at the Agrégation d’Anglais in France recently. Dr Tauvry was ranked 3rd in the whole of France from a field of several thousand candidates. 

  • 'Joycean Misapprehensions’ The James Joyce Centre is proud to present this lecture from Sam Slote, Associate Professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin on Monday, 7th September 2015 at 6.00 p.m. 

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Last updated 25 November 2015 School of English (Email).