Lecturer (Above the Bar) in English (Long Eighteenth Century), Full -Time, Permanent, 1 FTE
Lecturer (Above the Bar) in English (Contemporary Literature), Full -Time, Permanent, 1 FTE


In association with the Arts Council, NUI Galway is pleased to announce Mr Arnold Thomas Fanning as incoming Writer-in-Residence for 2020.
Arnold’s short stories, articles, and essays have been published in The Dublin Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Crazyhorse Magazine, Hot Press, The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing, gorse,, Paper Visual Art Journal Online, The Lonely Crowd, The Stinging Fly, and Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision.  His work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1, including for Arena and A Living Word. Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery, his first book, was published by Penguin Ireland in 2018 and shortlisted for the Butler Literary Award, The Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year, and the Wellcome Book Prize 2019. During his time as Writer in Residence in NUI Galway Arnold will be working on his first collection of fiction, while focusing on the areas of Non-Fiction, Memoir, and Life Writing in his teaching practice.

While at NUI Galway, Arnold will be teaching classes at undergraduate and postgraduate level on our BA Connect with Writing and our MA in Writing programmes.


Research into the social network structures of Ossian

 Dr Justin Tonra’s research into the social network structures of Ossian is now a short film!

Working with collaborators at Coventry and Oxford Universities, Dr Tonra’s research demonstrated that the underlying network structures of James Macpherson’s Ossian poems are less similar to the Homeric epics (a parallel which Macpherson attempted to emphasise) than to the literature of the Irish Fenian Cycle (whose influence Macpherson disavowed).

Read the original research at [subscription]; [open access].

Galway University Foundation/Ros Dixon Fellowship Seminar


Dr Stefan Aquilina, 2019 Galway University Foundation/Dr Ros Dixon Fellow, will give a talk on  Modern Theatre in Russia: Research Methodologies on 11th September at 5pm in O’Donoghue Theatre, Centre for Theatre and Performance, NUIG.

Dr Stefan Aquilina is Director of Research and Internationalisation of the School of Performing Arts and Theatre Studies Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. His research focuses on modern theatre, especially Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, but has wider interest in the transmission of embodied practice, amateur theatre, devised performance, and reflective teaching. Aquilina’s publications include Stanislavsky in the World (coedited with Jonathan Pitches, Bloomsbury), Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts (coedited with Malaika Sarco-Thomas, University Malta Press), and numerous essays in journals like Studies in Theatre and PerformanceTheatre, Dance and Performance TrainingJournal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismTheatre History Studies, and Theatre Studies International. His forthcoming monograph, which comes out in 2020 on Bloomsbury, tackles Russian modernism from the point of view of cultural transmission. Aquilina is also the director of the practice-based project Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques (


EverVerse Conceptual Poetry Project

February 2019  sees the launch of EverVerse, a new conceptual poetry project led by Dr Justin Tonra. Using biometric data continuously gathered from a device worn by Dr Tonra, the project will generate poetry that responds to changes in his heart and sleep data in real-time, and 24/7, for the next year. View the yearlong progress of the poem at

The project is a collaboration by researchers from NUI Galway, the Moore Institute, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and Maynooth University, and is funded by a grant from the European Association for Digital Humanities.

GUF Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship

Galway University Foundation Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from researchers in the fields of Russian literature, Drama and Performance, and Theatre Studies, for the inaugural Galway University Foundation Ros Dixon Visiting Research Fellowship. This award is endowed in the honour of the late Dr. Ros Dixon, who specialised in Russian drama, and whose collection is housed in the Hardiman Library. The catalogue for the Ros Dixon Library of Drama and Theatre History and Performance, housed in Special Collections, may be consulted at, using ‘Ros Dixon former owner’ as the search term.

The fellowship, up to the amount of €3,000, is for a maximum duration of 4 weeks. Applicants must be engaged in research in one of the designated fields – Russian literature, Russian literature in translation, Drama and Performance, Theatre Studies – and may be graduate students, early career researchers, or established scholars. The Fellow will be housed at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies. 

See  for further details and application form.
Closing date for applications is 15 March 2019.


Sylvia O'Brien Prize

NUI Galway in association with Tramp Press are pleased to announce the Sylvia O'Brien prize for imaginative fiction and experimental non-fiction.
A prize of €700 each will be awarded to two writers, who must be current students or recent graduates of NUI Galway's MA in Writing, MA in Literature and Publishing, or MA in English.
Applicants must be within two years of graduation and have had work published or been accepted for publication (relevant information should be provided in the submission email).
Please send a sample of work (max. 5000 words) and a brief proposal of how you would use the prize to
Closing date for submissions is 3 September 2018, 5pm.

International Dublin Literary Award

Congratulations to Mike McCormack whose book 'Solar Bones' has won yet another prestigious prize – the International Dublin Literary Award. 
The judges praised 'Solar Bones' as 'formally ambitious, stylistically dauntless and linguistically spirited...a novel of extraordinary assurance and scope'

National Student Media Awards 2018

Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, English graduate, was awarded top Irish radio prize at the prestigious National Student Media Awards in the Aviva Stadium last week (19th April). She was announced as the winner of “Iriseoireacht trí Ghaeilge – Raidió” by presenter Lynette Fay, Radio Journalist with BBC Radio Ulster, in front of an audience that included RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne, Senator David Norris, and Dublin GAA Manager Jim Gavin. Meadhbh's radio show “Gan Teorainn”, is broadcast live on Flirt FM 101.3 every week. Meadhbh spent many years working as a journalist and literary critic with national newspapers such as Lá Nua, Foinse and Gaelscéal, and presented current affairs shows on Raidió na Life and Flirt FM. She first began broadcasting on radio when she volunteered with Flirt FM as an undergraduate student, and she won the National Réalt DJ competition during that time. She is a published author who has written three award-winning books for young people, Rua, Fáinne Fí Fífí and Faye. She has received many awards for her writing, including Oireachtas na Gaeilge prizes and the Moth International Short Story Prize. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject

English at NUI Galway is rated in the top 101-150 internationally, for the second year running, by The QS World University Rankings 2018.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas. The rankings aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field.
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William T. Buice III Scholarship

Congratulations to Dr Justin Tonra, who has been awarded a William T. Buice III Scholarship by Rare Book School (RBS). RBS is an independent, non-profit institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. At various times during the year, RBS offers about 30 five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special col...lections, and each Autumn invites applications for Scholarships focused on a broad range of constituencies and career levels. The Buice Scholarship will enable Dr Tonra to attend a Rare Book School course within the next two years.

Irish Book Awards 2017

Congratulations to Discipline of English graduate Deirdre Sullivan who was one of the winners at last night’s Irish Book of the Year Awards. Deirdre studied English as a first-year student and then took the MA in Drama & Theatre Studies in 2005-06, when it was offered by the Disicipline of English. She also took some modules from our MA in Writing as part of that programme.

Irish Book Awards 2017

Congratulations to MA in Writing (2003-04) graduate Tricia McAdoo, whose piece "In the Event of an Emergency" has been shortlisted in the Short Story of the Year category of the Irish Book Awards 2017.
Also shortlised  (in the RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award 2017 section) is "Ithaca", a novel by graduate Alan McMonagle (MA in Writing, 2006-07).
Best of luck to both!…/


Oireachtas Literary Competitions 2017

Congratulations to Meadhbh Ní Eadhra, graduate Discipline of English ,who recently won first prize in the national Oireachtas Literary Competitions 2017. The prize was awarded for an unpublished novel, Dath, which is due to be published by Leabhair Comhar in 2018.
Meadhbh's new novel for Young Adults, Faye, will be launched in Killarney on Saturday, 4th November, as part of Oireachtas na Samhna.

Young Journalist of the Year 2016

MA in Journalism Graduate, Sean Dunne, recently won the Young Journalist of the Year title at the National Newspaper awards in Dublin.
Sean, who graduated with first class honours in 2013 is a senior journalist with The Irish Mail on Sunday. The Judges’ citation at the award ceremony stated: “With a flair for storytelling, this year’s winner penned a series of hard-hitting, in-depth and often poignant articles, which included an exclusive with survivors of the Bataclan attack in Paris.”
Sean also recently won a Law Society of Ireland Justice award for articles on jury service, which he investigated for the Irish Daily Mail.
Since graduating, Sean has worked across a number of print, radio and TV platforms in Ireland. His publications include The Sunday Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Sun, and The Belfast Telegraph as well as a 10-month body of work from his time in New York. His broadcasting career has involved TV3, RTÉ and UTV Ireland.
See Sean’s award winning articles at

Peel Prize 2016

The Discipline of English would like to take this opportunity  to congratulate Princess Okonkwo (2BA1) and Andrew Levie (2BCW1), joint winners of the Peel Prize in English Composition 2015-16.
These awards will be presented at the University’s  Lá na nGradam in February 2017.
The Peel Prizes in English Composition are awarded annually for excellence in the discipline of English and are based on students’ writing in First Year English.
Congratulations, Princess and Andrew!

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016

Mike McCormack, lecturer in Creative Writing, has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for Solar Bones,  a novel constructed from a single sentence.
The novel is McCormack's third, following Crowe's Requiem and Notes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award in 2006. He has also published two collections of short stories, Getting It In the Head, winner of the Rooney Prize in 1996, and Forensic Songs.

NUIG English graduate Lisa Coen is one half of Tramp Press, the independent publisher that worked with Mike McCormack.  A great achievement for all concerned!

Goldsmiths Prize 2016

 Huge congratulations to Mike McCormack,  lecturer in Creative Writing, whose novel 'Solar Bones' has just won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize.
McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day. Prof. Blake Morrison praised the novel's prose as "lyrical yet firmly rooted. Its subject may be an ordinary working life but it is itself an extraordinary work”.

The Goldsmiths Prize was launched in 2013 with the goal of celebrating the spirit of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form
The prize celebrates fiction that extends the possibilities of the novel form and previous winners include Kevin Barry and Eimear McBride. 

James Macpherson’s Ossian poems

A new paper co-authored by Dr Justin Tonra has been receiving local and international press coverage. The paper examines the social network structures of James Macpherson’s Ossian poems, comparing them to similar network structures in the Greek and Irish epic traditions. An open-access version of the paper, published in Advances in Complex Systems journal is available at and coverage of the article has featured in editions of The Independent ( and The Times (, 21st October 2016. Congratulations to Dr Tonra and his team on this important and innovative research.

HD Fellowship in Literature at Yale University

Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Dr Ciara Conway, who has been awarded the HD Fellowship in Literature at Yale University. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale offers fellowships to support visiting scholars pursuing post-doctoral or equivalent research in its archival collections. Ciara is using the fellowship to further develop the findings of her PhD thesis, 'On and Off-stage Roles of Abbey Theatre Actresses of the 1930s'. Her project will explore the connections between Irish actresses of the 1920s and 1930s and the New York theatre scene of that time. You can read more about Ciara's research at

Graduate Achievement

'Tiger Raid', co-written by MA in Writing (2003-04) graduate Mick Donnellan, has just been released on iTunes.
Tiger Raid tells the story of two mercenaries on a high risk mission in the middle east to kidnap the daughter of a rich businessman. As the raid progresses the pairs relationship starts to unravel leading to explosive consequences.

Allingham Festival Poetry Competition 2016

Congratulations to current MA in Writing student, Shannon Kelly, who has been awarded first place in the 2016 Allingham Festival Poetry Competition.
Shannon won the prize with a poem titled 'On a Train in Cluj-Napoca – a meditation on ‘Da’ '.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Shannon’s work has been featured in Off the Coast, The Summit Avenue Review, and The Tenth Muse as well as conferences around the United States. She also runs a travel blog and composes music, and is the recipient of the 2012 Lied Songwriting Contest.

Justice Media Awards 2016

 Congratulations to Sean Dunne, MA in Journalism graduate, on his Justice Media Award .
The awards ( recognise outstanding print and broadcast journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of justice, the legal system, or any specific legal issues.
Seán's article "Names of no-show jurors will now be passed to Gardaí", in the Irish Daily Mail, used the Freedom of Information laws to reveal startling figures about those called for jury service and the level of failure to appear. This article outlined in a clear and concise way the laws and rules governing this element of civic duty, the impact of failing to fulfil that important duty, and the measures to be taken to address the problem.

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr Muireann O'Cinnéide who has been awarded an NUI Galway President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Teaching and research are both central to the role of academic staff, and excellence in teaching and in creative and scholarly work go hand in hand. The President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise the outstanding efforts of teaching staff to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience.

The Discipline of English has an excellent track record of engaged and innovative teaching: 4 staff have been awarded President's Teaching Awards since 2005 (of a total of 50 awards across the University): 
Dr Ros Dixon: 2007 
Dr Frances McCormack: 2010
Dr Rebecca Barr: 2013
Dr Muireann O'Cinneide: 2015 

Peel Prize 2015

The Discipline of English would like to take this opportunity at the end of the academic year to congratulate Órlaith McDonagh and Daniel Mulcahy in 2BA English on being awarded the Peel Prizes in English Composition. These awards were given at the University’s  Lá na nGradam earlier this semester.
The Peel Prizes in English Composition are awarded annually for excellence in the discipline of English and are based on students’ writing in First Year English.
Congratulations, Órlaith and Daniel!

Research on 19th Century Periodicals

The Discipline of English at NUIG is delighted to see so many past students in the news as recipients of major research awards.
The following researchers join Dr Elizabeth Tilley as winners of prizes and grants from the international Research Society for Victorian Periodicals:

Rosemary VanArsdel Prize for best graduate student essay on Victorian Periodicals 2013 and Curran Fellowship 2016: Paul Rooney (BA, PhD, NUIG 2014)
Dr Rooney is currently Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College.

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant 2016: Francesca Benatti (PhD, NUIG 2003) and David King, for “A question of style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-20”
Dr Benatti is currently Research Associate in Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The Open University.
See for details.

The Colby Book Prize, for the best book on Victorian Periodicals published in 2013 : Fionnuala Dillane (BA, MA, NUIG 1998), for Before George Eliot: M...arian Evans and the Periodical Press (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Dr Dillane is currently Lecturer in English at UCD.


Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize

PhD student, Carmel Lambert, has won the first Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize for her essay ”The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here’: Writing American Identity in Liberia, 1830-1850'. The prize is awarded by the Irish Association of American Studies.
Carmel is the recipient of a Galway Doctoral Scholarship and is supervised by Dr Muireann O'Cinneide. Her Phd thesis is titled 'Inventing Liberia: Imagining and Representing Colony and Nation in American, Liberian and European Writing From 1820-1940'.
For more information see


Millennium Fund Awards

Dr Lindsay A Reid has received two Millennium Fund Awards to pursue her research, including attendance at the upcoming conference on 'Epistolary Cultures' in York in March of 2016, where she will  be presenting a conference paper on George Turberville's Epitaphes, Epigrams, Songs and Sonets of 1567. 

Dr Victoria Brownlee has received a Millennium Fund Award to pursue research relating to her project ‘Hearts, Babes, and Bowels: the Body and Spiritual Experience in Early Modern England’.
Dr Brownlee will be traveling to the USA for a conference, and to the UK for  archival research.   

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship

Dr Rebecca Barr has been awarded a Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship at Yale University.
Entitled 'John Bull and Irish Bull: representations of Irish masculinity in late eighteenth-century visual satire', Dr Barr's project investigates how the depiction of Irish men, manliness, and sexuality reflects both national and political shifts as well as changes in ideas of masculinity.
More information about the Lewis Walpole Library can be found here:

European Research Council Project

Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan is leading a research project funded by the European Research Council, called RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700.
RECIRC is a project researching the impact made by women writers and their works in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and runs from 2014 to 2019.
Find out more at

Recent Publications

Reid, Lindsay Ann (2017) ‘To the Tune of  “Queen Dido”: The Spectropoetics of Early Modern English Balladry’  In Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality (Routledge, 2017).
Dr Reid's essay examines the mythological and musical associations generated by a popular ballad about Aeneas and Dido as it circulated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

Reid, Lindsay Ann (2017) 'Unsoiled Soil and “Fleshly Slime”: Representing Reproduction in Spenser’s Legend of Chastity'  In: Ground-Work: English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.

 Reid, Lindsay Ann (2016) 'Oenone and Colin Clout'  'Oenone and Colin Clout'. Translation and Literature, 25 (3).  The article examines playwright George Peele’s adoption of Edmund Spenser’s character, Colin Clout, for his drama, The Araygnement of Paris. This appropriation, Dr Reid argues, testifies to a timely recognition of Ovidian pastoral precedents by early readers of Spenser’s Shepheardes Calender.

Gunne, Sorcha (Dec, 2016) “Prison and Political Struggle in Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter,” Journal of Southern African Studies. Special Issue on Nadine Gordimer, December 2016. 
Available at:

Gunne, Sorcha (2016) 'Reading Irish ‘Chick Lit’ as World Literature' In: Globalizing Literary Genres. London/New York: Routledge.        
In this chapter, Dr Sorcha Gunne explores what it means to read women’s commercial fiction—popularly known as “chick lit”—as world-literature. She focuses on the rise to prominence of the Irish brand of “chick lit” and explores the relationship between Irish "chick lit" and the socio-historic and economic constellations of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Ireland

2016: UCD Press have announced the publication of 'Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922', edited by Tina O'Toole, Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O’Cinnéide. The collection is the outcome of a collaborative international project on women’s writing and conflict funded and supported by the UL-NUIG Gender ARC. Including an essay by Dr O’Cinnéide, the volume spans the Land Wars to the Boer Wars, from the First World War to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, to explore the relationship between women and conflict.

RIA Charlemont Grant

Dr Lindsay A Reid has been awarded an RIA Charlemont Grant for her project 'Go, Little Ring: Graven Posies and Subjective Objects in Early Modern England'.
This project examines the literary attributes of early modern English 'posy rings', the inner bands of which were often engraved with self-referential messages of love and devotion.  Dr Reid will be travelling to both London and Oxford in the UK to consult historical ring collections held by three museums.

IRC New Foundations Scheme 2016

Dr Elizabeth Tilley has received funding under the IRC New Foundations Scheme 2016 for "Nineteenth-Century Trade Periodicals: Transnational Perspectives", an interdisciplinary project that traces the transnational nature of labour as reflected in print culture in the nineteenth century. The project will examine a selection of trade periodicals produced in Ireland and England from about 1845-1880 to provide a mappable record of the concerns of 'labour' in the widest sense and its cultural ramifications. Outputs include a symposium on the subject at NUIG, a descriptive database that tracks significant titles in Ireland and Britain, and an edited volume of essays.  

Investigators are Dr Elizabeth Tilley, School of Humanities (English), NUIG, and Professor Andrew King, Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies at the University of Greenwich.