Lecturers & Readers

2019 Lecturers and Readers


Professor Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York, England. His most recent book was Irish Poetry Under the Union, and he is currently writing a History of Irish Poetry. He was Associate Director of the Yeats International Summer School from 2013-15 and became Director of the School for 2018 and 2019.


Professor Lauren Arrington

Professor Lauren Arrington is Professor of English at Maynooth University. Her most recent publications were Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz (Princeton University Press, 2016) and W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish State: Adding the Half-Pence to the Pence (Oxford University Press, 2010). She is currently writing Yeats, Pound, and Late Modernism in Mussolini's Italy for Oxford University Press.
Lauren will be the Co-Director of the Yeats International Summer School from 2018 - 2021.


Professor Lauren Arrington (Maynooth University)

Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York)

Dr. Rebecca Beasley (University of Oxford)

Associate Professor at Faculty of English Language & Literature at Queen’s College, Oxford. Particular interests include early twentieth-century literature, literature and visual culture, with current research concentrating on the impact of Russian culture on British literature.

Professor Stephanie Burt (Harvard University)

Literary critic, poet, professor at Harvard University and transgender activist.PhD from Yale University. The New York Times has called her "one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation.”

Professor Rob Doggett (SUNY Geneseo)

Awarded a PhD in English from the University of Maryland and teaches at SUNY Geneseo and chair of the English department. Research centres on Irish literature, especially WB Yeats. Edited the Penguin Classic, When You Are Old: Early Poems, Plays, and Fairy Tales by WB Yeats, in commemoration ofthe 150th anniversary of Yeats' birth.

Dr. Alan Gillis (The University of Edinburgh)

Awarded his PhD at Queens University Belfast. Lectures at the English Literature Department at the University of Edinburgh. Poet and critic, with many awards and publications including Scapegoat and Other Poems and co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry, 2012.

Professor Margaret Harper (University of Limerick)

A native of the US South, and now Glucksman Professor in Contemporary Writing in English at UL. Former director of Yeats International Summer School and president of the International Yeats Society. MA and PhD from North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professor Marjorie Howes (Boston College)

Associate Professor, English and Irish Studies at Boston College. Specialises in 19th and 20th century Irish literature, late Victorian literature, Anglo-American Modernism, Feminist Studies and Postcolonial Studies.

Professor Paul Muldoon (Princeton University)

Poet and Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Harvard University. Has published over thirty collections of poetry and has won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University)

Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University. Author/editor of eight books. Most recent monographs are Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal and At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916. Received fellowship from Guggenheim Foundation and Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Professor Adam Piette (University of Sheffield)

Professor of Modern Literature at University of Sheffield. Taught at the Universities of Paris XIII, Geneva and Lausanne for ten years. Publications include Remembering and the Sound of Words and Imagination at War: a study in fiction and poetry of WWII.

Professor Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross)

Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross, specialising in modern and contemporary Irish literature and culture and 20th century British literature and culture. Publications include an edited collection Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture.

Professor Fiona Stafford (University of Oxford)

Professor of English Language and Literature at Somerville College, Oxford. Specialises in literature from the Romantic period, Scottish and Irish literature and poetry. Recent book is The Long, Long Life of Trees, a tribute to the diversity of trees.

Dr. Tom Walker (Trinity College Dublin)

Lecturing at TCD, having completed a PhD at University of Oxford. Specialist research is focussed on twentieth-century Irish writing, especially poetry. Recently published Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time and now preparing Yeats and the Writing of Art.

Special Guests:

Catriona Yeats

Siobhan Yeats

Professor Warwick Gould

Marie Heaney

Catherine Heaney

Ambassador Daniel Mulhall

Dr. Joseph M. Hassett

Bernard O'Donoghue (poet)

Alexandra Poulain (Sorbonne University)

Jimmy Fay (Lyric Theatre)

Niall Henry (Blue Raincoat Theatre)

Tommie Gorman (journalist and Northern Ireland editor for RTÉ)

Adrian O'Neill (local historian and tour guide)

Niamh McCabe (writer)

Jessica Traynor (poet)

and Ronan McGreevy (journalist/author)


Caitríona O'Reilly

Eoin McNamee

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Poetry Workshop:

Caitriona O'Reilly

For more information Contact the Yeats Society