Rosie Lavan
Assistant Professor in Irish Writing, English


Rosie Lavan read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and then trained as a journalist at City University, London. She worked on the business desk at The Times for two years, as a media assistant to a London MEP during the European elections in 2009, and for House of Lords Hansard. She returned to Oxford for postgraduate study in 2010 and completed her doctorate, 'Seamus Heaney and Society, 1964 - 1994', in September 2014. She joined the School of English at Trinity College Dublin in September 2015.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

The World of Sense in In Parenthesis in, editor(s)Jamie Callison, Paul Fiddes, Anna Johnson and Erik Tonning , David Jones: A Christian Modernist?, Leiden, Brill, 2018, pp92 - 106, [Rosie Lavan] Book Chapter, 2018

Image, Text and Conflict: Approaching the Border in Willie Doherty's Work in, editor(s)Nicola Gardini, Adriana Jacobs, Ben Morgan, Mohamed-Salah Omri and Matthew Reynolds , Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy, Leeds, Legenda, 2017, pp97 - 114, [Rosie Lavan] Book Chapter, 2017

Rosie Lavan, The Poet's Chair, Review of One Wide Expanse; Ireland and its Elsewheres; Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, by Michael Longley; Harry Clifton; Paula Meehan , Irish University Review, 47, (Supplement), 2017, p587-590 Review, 2017

Rosie Lavan, S. J. Perry, Chameleon Poet: R. S. Thomas & the Literary Tradition; Rory Waterman, Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley, Review of Chameleon Poet: R. S. Thomas & the Literary Tradition; Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley, by S. J. Perry; Rory Waterman , Notes & Queries, 64, (1), 2017, p195-197 Review, 2017

Rosie Lavan, Seamus Heaney and the Audience, Essays in Criticism, 66, (1), 2016, p54 - 71 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Rosie Lavan, Explorations: Seamus Heaney and Education, The Irish Review, (49-50), 2015, p54 - 70 Journal Article, 2015

Rosie Lavan, Screening Belfast: "Heaney in Limboland" and the Language of Belonging, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 21, (2), 2015, p301 - 316 Journal Article, 2015

Rosie Lavan, Review of The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History, by Patrick R. Mullen , Notes & Queries, 62, (1), 2015, p175-77 Review, 2015

Rosie Lavan, Review of Poetry, by David Constantine , Notes and Queries, 62, (4), 2015, p641-643 Review, 2015

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rosie Lavan, Heaney and the Audience, Cambridge Group for Irish Studies, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 10 November, 2015, Cambridge Group for Irish Studies Invited Talk, 2015

Research Expertise


Twentieth-century Irish literature and culture Literature and the media Comparative approaches to literature and the visual arts, especially photography Life-writing Poetic form Textual criticism


  • Title
    • Representing Derry, 1968-2013
  • Summary
    • This project examines representations of the city of Derry in poetry, drama, life-writing, journalism, and photography during the forty-five years which run from the civil rights era to Derry's year as a UK Capital of Culture in 2013. Comparative, interdisciplinary, and timely, it seeks to offer the first cultural history of Derry of this kind, and it will have decisive implications for our understanding of how experiences of conflict, and its aftermaths and legacies, are represented and reimagined, within and beyond Irish Studies.
  • Date From
    • September 2014
  • Title
    • Seamus Heaney and Society, 1964-1994
  • Summary
    • This project resituates Seamus Heaney's work in its varied textual, cultural, institutional, and political contexts, in order to revive the web of connections within which Heaney's work was written, published, and received. It considers: the London publishing scene on which his work emerged; his relationship to Belfast mediated through television documentary; his radio work for the BBC Northern Ireland Schools Service; his relationship to Derry mediated through photography; and ideas of audience, address, and redress in his Oxford lectures. It makes extensive use of archival material held in the National Library of Ireland, the BBC Northern Ireland Community Archive, and the archive of the British Film Institute, and an interview conducted with Heaney in 2013.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Date From
    • October 2011
  • Date To
    • September 2014


20th Century literature; 20th Century poetry; Anglo-Irish literature, poetry; comparative literature and cultural theory; contemporary Irish literature; English Language/Literature; Irish writing, poetry, Drama, cinema; Language and/or Literature, Non-Fiction; Language and/or Literature, Poetry; Modern Poetry


Awards and Honours

Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award September 2011


British Association for Irish Studies March 2013

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures July 2013