QS World University Rankings 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Discipline of English has ranked 91st globally in the 2023 QS World University Subject Rankings.

See https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2023/english-language-literature?&page=0

Congratulations too to our School of English and Creative Arts, University of Galway colleagues in the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and Music who were ranked 120th in the Performing Arts category.
QS Rankings 2023

An Post Irish Book Awards 2023

An Post Irish Book Awards 2023

An Post Irish Book Awards:
Congratulations to our colleague Elaine Feeney, who is shortlisted for Eason Novel of the Year for How To Build A Boat (Harvill Secker), which was also nominated for this year’s Booker Prize.
Congratulations too to Aoife Barry, one of our Irish Writers Centre ‘Evolution’ writers teaching this semester on our BA in English and Creative Writing, who is on The Last Word Listeners’ Choice shortlist for her book Social Capital: Life Online in the Shadow of Ireland’s Tech Boom (HarperCollins).
The Book Awards are decided via a 50/50 combination of votes by the judging panel and public online voting. Please do consider adding your vote for Elaine and Aoife and spread the word. You can vote here

https://www.irishbookawards.ie/vote/ and it’s a quick process.


 Visit the School of English & Creative Arts website to see details of some of our most recent publications.

 Publications book spines

Some older publications are listed below:

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. http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/tal.2016.0260

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.


Writer in Residence 2023

We are delighted to welcome Jessica Traynor to English and Creative Writing  as Arts Council Writer-in-Residence for 2023.

Jessica is a poet, essayist and librettist, and poetry editor at Banshee. Her debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award, and her second, The Quick (Dedalus Press, 2018), was an Irish Times poetry book of the year. Her third collection, Pit Lullabies (Bloodaxe, 2022), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Jessica has held residencies at Carlow College, the Yeats Society Sligo, the Seamus Heaney Home Place and dlr LexIcon, and she is a Creative Fellow of UCD. Her awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, the Listowel Poetry Prize, and Hennessy New Writer of the Year. Her operas include Paper Boat, a commission from Irish National Opera and Music for Galway, and The Wanderer, commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Jessica’s essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Tolka, PVA, Winter Papers, The Dublin Review and Banshee.

Along with other contributions, Jessica will be teaching Poetry to MA in Writing students and will be an advisor for 3BA Creative Writing students working on independent projects.

Writer-in-Residence 2022

In association with the Arts Council, University of Galway is pleased to announce  Mr Gavin Corbett as Writer-in-Residence for 2022.

Gavin is a novelist, and his works include Innocence (Simon & Schuster, 2003), This is the Way (Fourth Estate, 2013; winner of the 2013 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award; shortlisted for the 2013 Encore Award) and Green Glowing Skull (Fourth Estate, 2015).  A book of his photographs, with text, was published in 2017 by Hi-Tone.  Gavin has previously been Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at both Trinity College Dublin (2016) and University Colleg Dublin (2018).  He was the 2017 Writer-in-Residence at Temple Bar Studios + Gallery, has taught creative writing at the American College Dublin, and has been a creative writing teacher at the Irish Writers Centre since 2015.  Previously, he worked as a columnist and sub-editor at The Sunday Tribune newspaper.

Gavin will be teaching Creative Writing to 3rd/final year English students , and will be providing weekly workshops and consultations for third year BA with Creative Writing students.  Gavin will also be organising public events throughout the year.

IRC New Foundations Grant

Dr Justin Tonra has been awarded an Irish Research Council New Foundations grant for his project Poetry Machines: Technologies of Poetic Composition. New Foundations supports researchers to pursue research, networking and dissemination activities within and between all disciplines. It provides seed funding for small-scale research actions; the development of networks, consortia and workshops; and creative approaches to the communication of scientific concepts or complex societal challenges for a lay audience. Dr Tonra’s award was one of thirteen funded under the STEAM strand, which aims to bring science and art, design and the humanities together to work on new ways of communicating scientific concepts and complex societal challenges for a lay audience.

 Project summary: Poetry has a long and fascinating relationship with technology that bridges the apparent gap between the humanities and sciences. The printing press, the typewriter, and the tape recorder have each offered radical new formal possibilities to poets, while the digital age has yielded computational methods for generating verse that challenge our basic understandings of the creative process. Poetry Machines is a project which will survey the long history of poetry machines, and communicate the neglected story of how the precepts of science, engineering, and mathematics, have been used to make and shape poetry.

 See http://research.ie/what-we-do/loveirishresearch/blog/irish-research-council-announces-100-new-awards-to-support-research-collaboration-and-dissemination/ for details.

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! https://youtu.be/TUUeETqGMlE

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 https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0219525916500089 [subscription]; https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00142 [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, University of Galway.

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 (www.ctatt.org).


 ContactElizabeth.Tilley@nuigalway.ie or Charlotte.McIvor@nuigalway.ie

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 http://eververse.nuigalway.ie/

The project is a collaboration by researchers from University of 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 http://library.nuigalway.ie/, 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  http://universityofgalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/humanities/disciplines-centres/english/research/#tab2  for further details and application form.
Closing date for applications is 15 March 2019.


Sylvia O'Brien Prize

University of 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 University of 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 rebecca.barr@nuigalway.ie.
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 University of 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.
See https://www.topuniversities.com/…/english-language-literatu… for details

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. http://rarebookschool.org/news/rbs-scholarships-2018/

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 Writing.ie 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.

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  http://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-prize/
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 http://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00142 and coverage of the article has featured in editions of The Independent (http://ind.pn/2enSVr8) and The Times (http://bit.ly/2eA78yG), 21st October 2016. Congratulations to Dr Tonra and his team on this important and innovative research.

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.

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr Muireann O'Cinnéide who has been awarded an University of 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 University of 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 

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, University of Galway 2014)
Dr Rooney is currently Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trinity College.

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant 2016: Francesca Benatti (PhD, University of Galway 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 http://rs4vp.org/news/ for details.

The Colby Book Prize, for the best book on Victorian Periodicals published in 2013 : Fionnuala Dillane (BA, MA, University of Galway 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 http://iaas.ie/news/the-winner-of-the-adam-matthew-digital-essay-prize/


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.   

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 www.recirc.nuigalway.ie

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), University of Galway, and Professor Andrew King, Professor of English Literature and Literary Studies at the University of Greenwich.