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Trinity Professor of English wins Rhodes Prize for Literature and Language

Tom WalkerProfessor Tom Walker was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Prize for Literature and Language for his publication on Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time. The prize is awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Tom Walker is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Irish Writing in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin and has carried out extensive research on both MacNeice and Yeats.

Commending Prof Walker for his recent publication on MacNeice, the judges for the Rhodes Prize noted:

‘This monograph achieved a highly compelling mapping of MacNeice’s engagement with both Yeats and his own contemporaries, one likely to drive additional reassessment of both MacNeice’s achievement and of 20th-century Irish poetry.’

Louis Mac NeiceThe judges also commended the high calibre of the scholarship: ‘The quality of Walker’s research, the forcefulness of his argument, and the clarity and appeal of his writing also impressed the committee. Indeed, Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of His Time exemplifies the high standard of literary scholarship encouraged and celebrated by the Rhodes Prize, and we congratulate Tom Walker for his stellar work.’

Professor Walker was also recently awarded Irish Research Council funding for a project entitled ‘Yeats and the Writing of Art’ under the prestigious ‘New Horizons Research Project Scheme 2015’.


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