Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Mathew Campbell

Matthew Campbell writes mainly about poetry from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. He taught at Sheffield University until 2011, when he became Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York. In 2013 he published Irish Poetry under the Union, a book about nineteenth-century poetry from and about Ireland. Current projects include a history of the last two centuries of Irish poetry, and he has ongoing interests in poetry and music.

Alexandra Poulain

Alexandra Poulain is Professor of Irish studies at the University of Lille 3 (France). She is the author of Homo famelicus : le théâtre de Tom Murphy (Presses universitaires de Caen, 2008) and Endgame ou le théâtre mis en pièces (PUF, 2009, co-authored with Elisabeth Angel-Perez). She has edited and co-edited several volumes on theatre, including Hunger on the Stage (Cambridge Scholars, 2007, with Elisabeth Angel-Perez), Passions du corps dans les dramaturgies contemporaines (Septentrion, 2010) and Tombeau pour Samuel Beckett (Aden, 2015, with Elisabeth Angel-Perez) and has published extensively on modern Irish theatre from the Irish Literary Revival to the present day. Her current project is on rewritings of the Passion narrative in modern Irish theatre.

Caitríona Ní Chléirchín

Caitríona Ní Chléirchín is an Irish-language poet and critic originally from Gortmoney, Emyvale in Co. Monaghan. Her début collection Crithloinnir won the Oireachtas Prize for New Writers in 2010 and her second collection An Bhrídeach Sí published in 2014 won the Michael Hartnett Prize 2015. Her second collection is dedicated to her late mother. She has published poetry in Comhar, Irish Pages, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Feasta, Blaiseadh Pinn, The SHOp, An t-Ultach and An Guth. She has published reviews, and academic and journalistic articles in The Irish Times, Comhar, and Taighde agus Teagasc among others.

She is an Irish-language and literature lecturer at the University of Limerick and has also lectured in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Queens University Belfast, and University College Dublin.

Mícheál Ó Ruairc has described her as the new love lyricist writing Irish poetry today in Comhar (December 2010). Liam Carson has compared her work to that of the famous Russian Poet Marina Tsvetaeva, in his review of her first collection in Poetry Ireland Review (104, 2011), "...there are more than a few echoes...of the spectral romanticism of the Russian Silver age."

Marjorie Howes

Marjorie Howes teaches at Boston College. She is the author of Yeats's Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness (1996) and Colonial Crossings: Figures in Irish Literary History (2006), the co-editor of Semicolonial Joyce (2000), The Cambridge Companion to W. B. Yeats (2006), and Yeats and Afterwords (2014), and was a contributing editor to The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volume 4: Women's Writing and Traditions.