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Literary Arts Officer

The School of English in Trinity College Dublin has a long history of association with writers and the world of the literary arts. The School honours great writers through the Oscar Wilde Centre and the Seamus Heaney Chair in Irish Writing, and readings by writers of international renown are an important part of the School’s annual calendar of events. The School also hosts a website dedicated to writers associated with Trinity College Dublin which can be accessed at:

The School of English includes among its staff a number of award-winning writers, including novelist Deirdre Madden, and emeritus/emerita professors such as Gerald Dawe, Brendan Kennelly and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, the current Ireland Chair of Poetry. In 2016 the writer Ian Sansom became the first Associate Professor in Literary Practice in the School, and we are also honoured to have Richard Ford as International Professor of Prose Fiction. The School also hosts an annual Arts Council of Ireland Writer Fellow (Colette Bryce in 2017).

The School of English hosts the website of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Trust and prides itself on the many ways in which its staff and students engage in and promote the practice of writing. This page showcases some of that work. The following links will take you to recent articles, book reviews, poems, and stories written by staff and students of the School published online. If you would like to have a link considered for inclusion on this page, please email Elaine Maddock for assistance: For further news and updates about School of English events, see:

We are on social media, and we welcome followers: you’ll find us on Facebook at, and on Twitter @tcdenglish. You can keep an eye on events being organised by Trinity Literary Society here:, and you can enjoy literary news and features at any time in College publications including Icarus and The Quill.

Dr Kevin Power
Literary Arts Officer

The School of English is delighted to announce a varied programme of literary events this term, reflecting the diversity of literary activities among colleagues and students. We are also pleased to support and promote literary events, festivals and special occasions elsewhere in College, in Dublin, and across the country, many of which feature contributions from members of the School. For the first time this term we will be partnering with Trinity Literary Society on a special event featuring readings and discussion with current and recent Trinity students now enjoying success with their writing. At the end of term, Danielle McLauglin, Visiting Writer Fellow in the Oscar Wilde Centre, will give a special reading to celebrate her residency. The full programme of events is listed below: we hope to see you some time soon.

Literary Arts Events, Michaelmas Term 2019

Emma Donoghue

Thu, 3 October 2019, 19:00 – 20:00 IST

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, in association with Picador Books, present an evening with bestselling author Emma Donoghue. She will discuss and read from her new novel Akin Followed by a Q & A.

Trinity College Library (Edmund Burke Theatre)
College Green
D02 VR66 Dublin 2

Event is FREE but registration via Eventbrite is required:

Eoin McNamee in Conversation with Kevin Power
Monday, 21 October 2019, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Eoin McNamee is one of Ireland's most highly regarded novelists. To celebrate his appointment as Director of the Oscar Wilde Center for Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin, the TCD School of English is hosting this free public event, in which Eoin will discuss his work and teaching with the writer Kevin Power.
Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event is FREE but registration via Eventbrite is required:

Ongoing Events

Events beyond Trinity

Literary Arts Events 2018 - 2019

Literary Arts Events 2017 - 2018