Orlaith is a PhD student in the School of English, where she researches contemporary Irish women’s short fiction. Her research addresses how contemporary Irish short fiction charts changes in the make-up of Irish society, specifically in works published in the last ten years – including collections by Lucy Sweeney Byrne, Claire Keegan, Nicole Flattery, Danielle McLaughlin, Claire Louise Bennett, Mary Costello, Wendy Erskine, Lucy Caldwell and June Caldwell. She is excited by the vibrancy and possibilities of the short form as a vehicle of contemporary commentary, allowing writers to reflect on social conditions and the world around them in real time. Her PhD examines Irish short fiction’s representations of the body, the home, country & urban life, and history. In so doing, it touches on contemporary Irish iconography – from ghost estates to Repeal the Eighth posters – as well as a heritage stretching from the rural idyll to Dubliners.
Orlaith also hold degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA) and the University of Edinburgh (MSc).