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  • The School of English at Trinity College Dublin wishes to appoint an Associate Professor in Literary Practice. Post Status: Permanent Full Time. Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • 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.

  • TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland. Annual Conference in Trinity College Dublin took place on Saturday, 10th October 2015.
  • Dr Tom Walker publishes his new book Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time

  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • Kerry County Arts unveils a bust in honour of Brendan Kennelly, poet and Fellow Emeritus and former Professor of Modern Literature of English in Ballylongford, Church car park on Friday, 21st August 2015 at 7.30pm. Brendan will be in attendance on his first trip to Kerry in many years.
  • Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for a Writer’s Fellowship which is funded by the School of English and by a grant-aid from the Arts Council.  The Fellowship will be tenable for the period January-June 2016.
    Interested candidates are invited to submit a covering letter outlining areas of interest, a full CV to include the name and contact details of 3 referees to:  Professor Chris Morash, Head of School of English, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2 or by email to  Requests for further particulars and informal enquiries may also be made to Professor Morash by email or by phone at 01 896 4023. 
    The closing date for applications will be no later than 12 noon on Thursday 3rd of September 2015. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Our Evening Lecture series, ‘Engaging Poetry’, is attracting large audiences: details are available at in Hilary semsester 2015.
  • Academic and Alternative Employment for PhD English Students Tuesday 10th March 2015, 4.00-6.30 p.m. Room 2.04, Áras an Phiarsaigh.
  • Professor James Shapiro, Columbia University, will give the 2015 H.O. White Memorial Lecture, "Shakespeare, Equivocation and 1606", on 18 February at 8pm in the Mairtin Ui Chadain Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. All are welcome.

  • Michaelmas Term has been a busy time for book launches by members of the School.  First came Philip Coleman’s John Berryman’s Public Vision, published by UCD Press, and launched at Newman House on 1 October. On 6 October, Gerald Dawe’s latest book of poems, Mickey Finn’s Air, published by Gallery Press, was welcomed in the Senior Common Room by Richard Ford, the School’s International Professor of Prose Fiction.  On 25 November, Across the Boundaries: Talking about Thomas Kilroy, edited by Guy Woodward, (Carysfort Press) was launched at the Abbey Theatre.  And in Long Room Hub on 4 December there was the launch of Paul Delaney’s Séan O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s from Irish Academic Press. Dr Alex Runchman’s monograph Delmore Schwartz: A Critical Reassessment (May 2014) was formally launched on Tuesday 9th December at the Irish Centre for Poetry Strudies (Mater Dei Institute, DCU) by Dr Lee Jenkins of University College Cork.
  • As a new development, the School is issuing live podcasts of its major public events this term on its Literary Arts page [].  Included in this are papers given to the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series given by our own colleagues Brendan O’Connell and Jarlath Killeen, and by visiting speakers Jesse Lander and Declan Kiberd.  On the site, also, you can find Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan’s lecture on ‘The Solace of Artemis’ and the poetry reading by Paul Muldoon.
    Together with the Centre for Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute, the School hosted a conference to celebrate the centenary of John Berryman in early October. With speakers from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Romania, Canada and the United States, the conference was opened by Professor Paula Meehan and included a reading by over a dozen poets included in Philip Coleman’s anthology Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse, including Theo Dorgan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Julie O’Callaghan and Macdara Woods. Scholars from the School of English including Eve Cobain and Alex Runchman gave papers at the conference and also contributed to an international conference on Berryman at the University of Minnesota on the weekend of October 24-25. An article on Berryman’s legacy written by Philip Coleman was also published in The Irish Times on the weekend of October 11, with two ‘Dream Songs’ from Berryman’s Fate by Paul Muldoon and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
  • Paula Meehan, who is beginning her year’s association with Trinity College as Ireland Chair of Poetry, received a standing ovation from the large audience in the J.M. Synge Theatre on 27 November, when she delivered her public lecture on ‘The Solace of Artemis’.  In her address, which led its listeners from her childhood in inner city Dublin to the north-western United States and back to the Arcadia of Greece, she brought together the apparently unrelated subjects of bears, teachers and the goddess Artemis, into a mesmerising exploration of the workings of the poetic imagination.  For those who missed the live event, the lecture is available as a podcast on the School’s Literary Arts page:
  • Paul Muldoon, the distinguished Irish poet, gave a reading to a large audience in the Edmund Burke Theatre on 4th December, the evening before he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Trinity College.  Beginning with his extraordinary poem ‘Anseo’, with its tellingly oblique insight into the Troubles, he read a selection of his earlier and later work, including songs written for his band the Wayside Shrines collected in The Word on the Street (2013).
  • Dr Philip Coleman has been made an Honorary Research Fellow of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies (Mater Dei Institute, DCU). On his election the board of the ICPS described Dr Coleman as “a figure admired both in Ireland and internationally for the passion and scruple of his work in our discipline. He has been a vital participant in the work of the Centre, contributing to events, sharing expertise, and always facilitating co-operation between institutions and individuals. His collegial generosity is without compare, and we are delighted to honour him in this way.”
    The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, invites you to a reading by award-winning author and International Professor of Prose Fiction, Richard Ford, to celebrate the forthcoming publication of Let Me Be Frank WithYou, to be published in November 2014. The reading will take place on Wednesday the 8th of October at 7 pm in the Edmund Burke Theatre, the Arts Building, College. Admission is free and all are welcome, but to reserve a seat at this very special event, RSVP to Diane Sadler by Friday the 3rd of October 2014:
  • Colin Barrett wins 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature
    The announcement was made by the Provost at a reception at the Provost's House on 1 September.  Colin Barrett was awarded the Rooney Prize for his debut collection of short stories, Young Skins. The collection won the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been long listed for the Guardian First Book award. “The Rooney prize is a renowned accolade practically every young Irish writer hopes to one day attain, and it is a true honour for me to be this year's recipient,” said Barrett. “Thank you to the selection committee at Trinity and the enduring generosity of the Rooney family for this amazing vote of confidence in my work.” The annual award is maintained through the generosity of Dr Daniel Rooney, President Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers who recently served as Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland, and his wife Mrs Patricia Rooney. The award is administered by the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing at the School of English at Trinity and its committee is co-chaired by Professor Gerald Dawe.
  • The School of English is delighted to announce the launch of its first GradLink mentoring programme. The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge of the labour market and career paths, in addition to employability skills such as networking, through nurturing career learning relationships with graduate mentors working in a range of career areas. Junior Sophister students and staff are invited to attend the launch of GradLink Mentoring and meet with graduates early evening Tuesday 21st October in The Long Room Hub. Graduates of the School of English can sign up to participate as a mentor here.
  • Florence Impens, who recently completed her Phd in the School of English, has been awarded a prestigious Keough National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Keough-Naughten Institute for Irish Studies, Notre Dame, where she will continue her research on classical intertextuality in contemporary Irish poetry. We send Florence our congratulations and best wishes for the year. 
  • The special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Éire-Ireland for Spring/Summer 2014 is dedicated to ‘Irish Crime since 1921’. Guest-edited by Fellow Emeritus Professor Ian Campbell Ross from the School of English and historian Professor William Meier (TCU), the special number contains essays on subjects ranging from Brendan Behan’s little-known crime novel, The Scarperer; contemporary crime fiction; the Blueshirts; cross-border smuggling during World War II; unlawful carnal knowledge of teenage girls, the Dirty Protest in the Prison War of 1979-81; the ‘Post-Troubles’ films of Neil Jordan, and reflections on the links between policing and journalism by Conor Brady, former editor of the Irish Times and commissioner of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
  • "The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Diaspora in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish" will take place on Thursday, 10 July 2014 | 18:00 | Trinity Long Room Hub.
    The lecture by Dr. Dror Abend-David (University of Florida) is organized by the School of English as part of a lecture series on Global Shakespeare and funded by the Visiting Fellowships
    Benefactions Fund. Bio: Dr. Abend-David is a lecturer in Hebrew in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at University of Florida. He is the author of ‘Scorned my Nation:’ A Comparison of Translations of The Merchant of Venice into German, Hebrew, and Yiddish (Peter Lang, 2003) and Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). In addition to his work on Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures, he has published articles on media, cultural studies, translation theory, modern poetry, and drama. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Ema Vyroubalova (
  • Between Places and Spaces: Landscapes of Liminality will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on 5-6 June 2014. Keynotes speakers: Prof. John Wylie (University of Exeter) andDr. Bernice M. Murphy (Trinity College Dublin).
    Opening Address: Prof Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing (Trinity College Dublin) For more information, see
  • The Ulysses Custom Case: a talk by Professor Robert Spoo, Chapman Distinguished Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law:  Wednesday 11 June, 6.00, Davis Theatre, Arts building. 
    In this important lecture on the relationship between literature and law, Professor Robert Spoo will examine the complexities of Judge John Woolsey’s landmark 1933 ruling allowing the American publication of Joyce's Ulysses, in the context of the social, legal, and institutional constraints on judicial approaches to obscenity in the 1930s.  Free and open to all.
  • Helen Cooney
    Colleagues, friends and many former students of the School of English were deeply saddened at the death of Dr Helen Cooney on 7th August. Helen, a graduate and postgraduate of Trinity, held a lectureship in Medieval Literature in the School during the 1990s. After a brief period at the University of Nottingham, she returned to Trinity and taught on the MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture. A highly regarded scholar of late Middle English and Renaissance literature, her earliest writings were on Chaucer (the subject of her doctoral dissertation) but she also made important contributions to Skelton and Spenser studies. She edited three collections of essays – all widely admired – one of which, Nation, Court and Culture ( 2001), proved to be seminally important in redefining critical approaches to fifteenth-century poetry.
    Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
  • ‘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.'
  • School of English welcomes distinguished Beckett Scholar S.E.Gontarski.
    Professor Stan Gontarski of Florida State University will give a special guest lecture on Samuel Beckett, Monday 3rd March, at 6.30pm in the TLRH. One of the world’s leading Beckett experts, Professor Gontarski will discuss his collection of the author’s manuscripts (including Ohio Impromptu, written by Beckett at his request) to mark his donation of his unique archive of Beckett materials to TCD Library. This event is a collaboration between the School of English, the School of Drama, Film and Music, and Trinity College Library.
  • A National Collection of Children’s Books.
    Congratulations to Dr Padraic Whyte who has been awarded a major Irish Research Council Interdisciplinary Project Research Grant. His two-year project, organised in collaboration with the Church of Ireland College of Education, will document children’s book collections in several Irish institutions including Trinity College, the National Library of Ireland, The Church of Ireland College of Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Pearse Street Library.
  • "Cheesy does it? or Shakespeare meets Latin American Telenovelas" A talk by Prof. Alfredo Michel Modenessi on Shakespeare in Latin America will take place on  Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm  in the Arts Building Conference Room, 2026 (opposite the Arts Block across from the entrance to the Douglas Hyde Gallery).  Prof. Modenessi teaches American and English Literature, translation and comparative studies at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; he is also a translator, dramaturge, and playwright. He has published widely on Shakespeare, American theatre, popular culture, cinema, and translation.
  • Congratulations to the School's Adjunct Lecturer Dr Anne Markey, who has been awarded a Royal Irish Academy Postdoctoral Mobility Grant to consult the Abinger Papers held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, as part of her research into William Godwin’s involvement with the Juvenile Library associated with his name and radical politics.  
  • Arts Council-TCD Irish Writer Fellow Declan Hughes joins the School of English and the Oscar Wilde Centre this semester. A TCD English graduate and co-founder of  Rough Magic Theatre Company, Declan is an acclaimed director, playwright and novelist, author of several award-winning thrillers including The Colour of Blood, All The Dead Voices,and City of Lost Girls. His new novel, All The Things You Are, will be published later in 2014.
  • Members of the School of English have published a number of reviews and articles online recently, including Philip Coleman, Gerald Dawe, Tim Groenland, and Nathan Hugh O’Donnell for the Dublin Review of Books, and Philip Coleman for Necessary Fiction. See and for more details.
  • "This  month is published Irish Women's Fiction: Edgeworth to Enright by Heather Ingman (Irish Academic Press, 2013), The Rural Gothic in American Popular Culture: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness by Bernice M. Murphy  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Joyce's Nietzschean Ethics, by Sam Slote (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • The Wilde Lecture 2013 "Why Wilde? From Oxford to Trinity: Collecting and Recollecting" by Miss Julia Rosenthal B.A.Julia Rosenthal is a fifth generation antiquarian book and manuscript dealer
    and proprietor of A. Rosenthal Ltd. and Otto Haas, the oldest music antiquariat worldwide, founded in 1866. She is a trustee of the Nietzsche House, Sils Maria, Switzerland. The Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Wednesday, 27 November 2013 6.30 pm. RSVP by Nov 22nd to Lilian Foley ( 01.8962885)
  • Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival 22nd & 23rd November 2013
    Trinity College and New York University are holding a festival of Irish crime fiction, featuring more than a dozen of the most exciting Irish crime novelists, several TCD alumni among them. This will be a memorable weekend, devoted to an exciting genre of Irish writing, so please make plans to join us.The participants include Declan Burke, Jane Casey, Paul Charles, Michael Connelly, John Connolly, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Gene Kerrigan, Kevin McCarthy, Brian McGilloway, Eoin McNamee, Stuart Neville, Niamh O'Connor, Louise Phillips, Peter Quinn, and Michael Russell. For a full schedule and updates, see here
  • For Jane Austen fans: Trinity College Library’s Department of Early Printed Books has a new mini-exhibition in the Berkeley Library foyer, with early prints of several Austen titles (including a second edition Pride and Prejudice) on display. See their blogpost at
  • Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2013)
    Congratulations to Peter Doherty, a PhD student at the School of English, who was awarded this year’s Yale-Trinity Alumni Bursary for Research in Children’s Literature (2013). 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. Mr Doherty recently returned from researching at Yale where his reading of texts in the Shirley Collection informed his doctoral project on the relationship between children’s literature studies and environmental humanities.
  • Ciaran Collins wins 2013 Rooney Prize for Irish Writing
    At a ceremony hosted by the Provost, Dr Daniel Rooney and Mrs Patrica Rooney awarded this year’s Rooney Prize to Ciaran Collins for his novel The Gamal (Bloomsbury). A quirky tragic-comic tale of young people living in an Irish parish, The Gamal has been praised by the writer and critic Eilis Ni Dhuibhne as  ‘one of the most impressive novels published in Ireland recently.' Adding her congratulations, Head of School Dr Eve Patten described the annual Rooney Prize as a key event in the School of English/Oscar Wilde Centre calendar and noted that many recipients go on from this prestigious Trinity award to become internationally celebrated authors.
  • Brave New Worlds? From Shakespeare's Globe to Global Shakespeare
    Professor Alexander Huang  will be giving a talk entitled "Brave New Worlds? From Shakespeare's Globe to Global Shakespeare" on October 10th from 6pm  in the Emmett Theatre in the Arts Building. All are welcome to attend. Alexander Huang  is Professor of English, Theatre, and International Affairs, Department of English, George Washington University, Washington D.C. (U.S.A.) and Research Affiliate in Literature at MIT, Cambridge, MA (U.S.A.). The talk will discuss how and why Shakespeare's plays have become a subject of global reach and importance. Prof. Huang is the author of the award-winning "Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange" (Columbia University Press) as well as many journal articles and book chapters on the topics of Shakespeare, intercultural performance, and globalization.  He is also the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan's "Global Shakespeares" series , a General Editor of the Shakespearean International Yearbook; Performance Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions; and co-founder and co-director of Global Shakespeares digital archive.
  • Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013
    I know that all the students and staff of the School of English, both past and present, will join me in grief over the loss of Seamus Heaney. We are grateful for his extraordinary kindness to us over the years, and for the inspiration he leaves with us. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. 
    Dr Eve Patten, Head of School.

    ‘In a cold where things might crystallize or founder
    His story quickened us, a wild white goose
    Heard after dark above the drifted house.’
             (Glanmore Sonnets vi, from Field Work, 1979)
  • Trinity College Dublin, in association with Liverpool Hope University, will host Lesser Victorians: Beyond the Canon in Victorian Fiction on 12-13 September 2013. This international conference will take place in Lecture Theatre 4 in the Museum Building on Trinity College campus. All are welcome to attend, free admission for non-delegates. Full programme can be found here. Blog can be found here. For further inquiries please contact Daragh Downes at or Trish Ferguson at
  • Trinity College Dublin & Mater Dei Institute will host the 25th Ezra Pound International Conference: Ezra Pound and Modernism from 9 July-13 July in Dublin. The conference will open at Trinity College Dublin on 10 July with a Welcoming Address by the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Registration is now open and the conference schedule can be found here.
  • Back issues of Icarus magazine are now available online. Icarus is a creative writing magazine from Trinity College Dublin and is Ireland's longest-running arts publication. Back issues, including the inagural issue from 1950, can now be read online. Previous contributors to the magazine include Louis MacNeice, Frank O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Brendan Kennelly and others. Click here to view Icarus magazine online. Click here for more information about the magazine.
  • Modest Proposals has been established to create a platform for university researchers to engage with current public debate. We are hosting graduate workshops in the Trinity Long Room Hub in July; public conversations will follow in the autumn. Deadline for graduate submissions is the 10th of June. See
  • Congratulations to the first graduates of the MPhil in Children's Literature! The first cohort from the course celebrated their graduation on 19 April 2013.
  • Many congratulations to School of English postgraduate Muireann O'Sullivan who has been awarded a 2013 Trinity Teaching Award for Postgraduate Students. The award panel remarked that the School of English was very fortunate to have Muireann as a teaching assistant.
  • Professor Gerald Dawe to present 'One City, One Book' talk: Professor Dawe will giving a talk entitiled "Poems & the City: 'September 1913' and beyond" on 30 April at 7:30pm. The event will take place in the Assembly Hall, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire. The talk is free but booking is essential. Please email or phone 01 2147970. The talk is part of a series of events to celebrate the 'One City, One Book' novel, Strumpet City by James Plunkett.
  • Dr Philip Coleman presents a lecture at University Of Minnesota: Dr Coleman will be giving a talk entitled "John Berryman: Scholarship and Poetry" on Thursday 25 April from 12-2pm in 108 Andersen Library, University of Minnesota. All are welcome.
  • Paradise Lost Reading website launched: A website on which you can hear recordings of the Paradise Lost read-a-thon that was organised by the School in December 2012 has now been set up. The site is still a work-in-progress, but the whole reading (all 12 hours and more of it!) should be ready very soon. You'll find more information here:
  • Yale-TCD Alumni Bursary for Research in Children's Literature: Now accepting applications. This bursary is designed to encourage and facilitate collaborative research on the children’s book collections in TCD and Yale. Approximately €3,500 will be made available to facilitate travel to work on the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of Children’s Books at Yale University. Applicants must be students in the School of English at TCD and be engaged in an independent research project - e.g. a final year dissertation, Masters or PhD thesis - within the School. To apply, please download the appropriate short application here. Completed application forms should be emailed to no later than 5pm on Monday 15th April 2013. Supported by The School of English Alumni Fund and Yale University.
  • Poet Michael Schmidt visits the School of English: A very special School of English poetry reading and discussion on the theme of ‘poetry, health and illness’, with poets Michael Schmidt and Iggy McGovern, will take place on Monday 11th at 7pm in the Neill/Hoey Theatre in the Long Room Hub. All welcome
  • TCD School of English Ball
    The Annual Semi-Formal English Ball is back for its third year! Undergrads, postgrads, staff, and all lovers of books are invited to a night in the Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt St, where we will provide hot finger food, drink deals, a DJ, and private bar and dance floor until 2.30am.
    The Ball kicks off at 8.30 sharp and costs tickets cost a mere €5 from Class Reps, €7 on the door. Staff of the school go free!
    We look forward to a night to end the year in style with your classmates and all members of Trinity's School of English.
  • Dr Philip Coleman will be giving a lecture as part of the "Transatlantic literature in context" series sponsored by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, on Wednesday the 6th of March. His talk is entitled: " 'Cross-fertilization in International Poetry': John Berryman and the problem of influence" and will take place in English Faculty Seminar Room B at 5 p.m. For more information contact Dr Tara Stubbs:
  • Monday 11 February 2013, 'The Pollard Collection of Children's Books: Constructing a History of Irish Children's Literature', a lecture by Dr Pádraic Whyte, School of English, as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub Library Lecture Series to mark the tercentenary of the Old Library. In the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, at 19.00. Admission is free and all are welcome.
  • The Pollard Collection of Children’s Books, a generous bequest to the Trinity Library from  Mary ('Paul') Pollard (1922-2005), is a collection of over 10,000 books covering the period from late 17thC to early 20thC.
  • The annual TCD/UCD Philosophy and Literature Symposium will take place in the Humanities Institute of Ireland in UCD from 10.00 am to 17.30, this Saturday 26th of January.
    The theme of this year's symposium is 'Vision(s)': What does it mean to have vision or to have a vision? How have personal visions shaped literature and popular culture? What separates a dream from a vision? What role does vision or sensation play in the constitution of the subject?
    A diversity of postgraduate speakers from literature, philosophy and related disciplines will explore these issues and more. You may find a complete schedule and set of abstracts here
  • Information for Hilary Term Visiting Students can be found here.
  • Auction of autographed Paradise Lost read-a-thon poster: bids now being accepted. Bids are now being accepted by email for the large (A0) poster that was signed by all of the readers who participated in the read-a-thon on the 14th of December 2012, including Terence Brown, Gerald Dawe, Seamus Heaney, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, David Norris, Peter Sirr, Enda Wiley, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods, and many others. If you are interested in owning the poster, email Philip Coleman with the subject line "bid for poster" stating the amount you wish to bid. The highest bidder will be notified by email on Friday the 1st of March 2013. Bids start at €50 and all proceeds will go to NCBI, the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
  • Congratulations to Dr David O'Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor for Eighteenth-Century Studies in the School of English, who has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Career Integration Grant of €100,000 to fund a research project, 'The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843'. This project will draw on manuscript collections at the British and Huntington Libraries to produce the first integrated study of British theatre censorship between the Stage Licensing Act (1737) and the Theatres Act (1843), with particular focus on Irish and Scottish playwrights working in London during this time.
  • Sam ShepardOn 6th December 2012 the School hosted a public reading by the acclaimed American actor and writer Sam Shepard, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by TCD. At the end of his reading Shepard invited on stage the legendary singer-songwriter, poet and artist Patti Smith, who read from one of their collaborative dramatic works before joining Shepard in a duet.

  • On Friday 14 December 2012, Trinity College will host the first full reading in Ireland of Paradise Lost, written by John Milton after he had lost his sight. The event will raise money for NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss. Participants include Seamus Heaney, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, David Norris, students and staff. The reading will be held from 10am until 2pm in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB), and from 2pm until early evening the Gallery Chapel, Trinity College Dublin, on Friday 14 December 2012. Further details: and Enquiries to Diane Sadler (, 01 896 1111). Paradise Lost read-a-thon

  • The Later Affluence of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens Dr Edward Clarke (St Catherine's College, Oxford) Tuesday 4th December 2012, Trinity College Dublin and the Mater Dei Institute 2-4 p.m. W.B. Yeats, chaired by Dr Tom Walker (TCD) Venue: Room 0.54, School of Nursing, D'Olier Street Reading material: W.B. Yeats, "Cuchulain Comforted" and "The Black Tower" 6-8 p.m. Wallace Stevens, chaired by Dr Michael Hinds (MDI)
    Venue: Mater Dei Institute, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra. Reading material: Wallace Stevens, "Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself" and "Of Mere Being". Followed by launch of Edward Clarke's The Later Affluence by Terence Brown. Inquiries to: Dr Philip Coleman, School of English, Trinity College Dublin:

  • The Borderlines Medieval and Early Modern Conference, now entering its 17th  year, is an Irish interdisciplinary conference for postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers. The School of English is pleased to support  Borderlines XVII- Occupying Space, April 19-21, 2013, in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Check for the Call for Papers.   

  • Sir Terry Pratchett OBE is visiting the School of English this week, 12-14 November. He will give masterclasses in writing to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and adjudicate a public debate, ‘This House would see Unseen University run by Witches’, Monday 12th November, 6.30pm, Quek Hall, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street.

  • On Thursday Nov 8th, Dr Pádraic Whyte delivered The 2012 Betsy Beinecke Shirley Lecture on American Children’s Literature at Yale University. His talk, ‘Navigating New York City in Children’s Books; A Whistle-Stop Tour’, drew on the work of numerous authors and illustrators from Margaret Wise Brown to BrianSelznick, and traced the shared relationship between literature and the city in the context of urban transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Dr Paul Delaney completed the Dublin Marathon on Monday 29th October in an impressive 4 hours and 2 minutes, raising €1,253 for the Andrew Grene Foundation. Congratulations to Paul, who now limps back to running the Sophister Office.   

  • The School of English is delighted to participate in the international 'Year Of Ulysses' (YoU) celebration, coordinated by the Modernist Versions Project <>, and marking the 90th anniversary of the text’s first publication. On Wednesday 10th October Terence Killeen's talk, ‘Ulysses in the Mirror of Modernism, was delivered to a full house in the Trinity Long Room Hub. On Wednesday 24 October at 12.00 we will host a lecture by Hans Walter Gabler. For further details on the TCD talks see

  • Prof. Perry Nodelman (Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Winnipeg)  will give a public lecture, “‘Clever Enough to Do Variations:’ Maurice Sendak as Visual Musician”, on Tuesday October 30th at 10am in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

  • The School of English, the Trinity Long Room Hub and the National Library of Ireland have jointly launched 'A Family at War: The Diary of Mary Martin'. This online digital resource was a class project of the Digital Scholarly Editing Module of the MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, taught by Professor Susan Schreibman. The Diary is a poignant document written in 1916 by Dublin woman Mary Martin to her son Charlie, reported missing in action in the First World War. Visit the diary at

  • The School of English is delighted to report that Gerald Dawe and Darryl Jones have been promoted to full professorship. In the current climate, for the School to have one new professor may be considered  good fortune, to have two…peerlessness! Our warmest congratulations to Gerry and Darryl.

  • Prof Sam Slote has brought out a new edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, published by Alma Classics. The edition reprints the 1939 printing of the Odyssey Press edition, and contains 9,000 all-new annotations by Prof Slote, addressing the full range of references in Joyce's seminal work.

  • School of English student and scholar Conor Leahy has been named as a prize winner in the English Literature category at this year’s International Undergraduate Awards. His winning essay was "Power, Conduct, and Fortune in the Alliterative Morte Arthure". Warmest congratulations to Conor, who has just begun postgraduate study at Oxford, in English Literature 650-1550.
  • Crawford Gribben has been given an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Project award for his work on "Radical Religion in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800." The award will support Professor Gribben's work on the biography of John Owen (1616-83) and fund a conference on "Puritanism and Catholicism in the trans-Atlantic world, 1500-1800."
  • Professor Gerald Dawe has been awarded a prestigious Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship to the National University of Ireland, Galway for 3 months during the academic year 2012-2013. For more, please click here.
  • New Metre online archive: please click here for more details.
  • The School of English has done even better in the new QS World University Rankings for Arts & Humanities than it did last year. We are now 14th in the world and 3rd Europe, just behind Oxford and Cambridge.


Writers Fellowship

Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for a Writer’s Fellowship which is funded by the School of English and by a grant-aid from the Arts Council.  The fellowship will be tenable for the period January – June 2013. 

Requests for further particulars and informal enquiries should be addressed to or 01 896 2890.  Applications should include a cover letter outlining areas of interest, a full CV and the name and contact details of 3 referees and should be addressed to the Head of School, Professor Eve Patten. 

The closing date for applications will be no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th August, 2012.

Trinity is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Gerry Dawe

Prestigious Fellowship for School of English Professor.

Gerald Dawe has been awarded a Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship to the National University of Ireland, Galway for 3 months during the academic year 2012-2013. He has also been conferred as a Visiting Research Professor in the School of English, School of English, Queen’s University Belfast for 2013. During his sabbatical leave Prof Dawe will be working on a study of crisis and 20th century Irish writing and completing a book of literary memoir.

New METRE archive online

METRE was a magazine of poetry that ran for seventeen issues from 1995 to 2005. For most of that period it was edited by Justin Quinn and David Wheatley. It presented original poetry, reviews, interviews and essays. Published and printed in Ireland, edited by two Irish people, it nonetheless billed itself as 'A Magazine of International Poetry': the desire was present from the outset to provide a platform for the best of Irish work alongside the best from the UK, US, Australia as well as work in translation.

Many TCD students and staff, past and present, contributed to Metre over the years, including Philip Coleman, Andrew Goodspeed, Kit Fryatt, Stephen Matterson, Maria Johnston, Caitríona O'Reilly, Gerry Dawe and others.

This site presents a database of PDFs of original contributions to the magazine, and is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague, under the auspices of the Centre for Irish Studies.

Last updated 15 January 2016 School of English (Email).