About Me

This is me, Deirdre O’Byrne:

Lowdham Book Festival with Judy

* A qualified and experienced teacher in child and adult education.

  •   Irish literature
  •   UK and US Women’s Writing 1800 – present day
  •   Contemporary Multicultural British Fiction

    I’ve been nominated twice as ‘Loughborough Legend’ by my students.

* Course Tutor
* Festival and Event Organiser
* Presenter of Talks and Workshops
* Irish Storyteller
* Academic writer
* Chair of Nottingham Irish Studies Group www.nottinghamisg.org.uk
    NISG has its own facebook page here. I administer both of these sites. 
    I also administer East Midlands Irish Forum on facebook.

I wrote a piece for the Irish Times Generation Emigration blog, to mark the State Visit of President Michael D. Higgins to Britain. Click here to read it.

Here are some comments from people who attended my talk (5 Feb 2014) on the plays of Martin McDonagh, for Birmingham Irish Heritage Group.  I’ve done several talks for this group, which is a very responsive audience, so I love going there.
‘Wonderful – excellent talk. Please come back.’
‘Very enjoyable and informative. Made me want to see the plays performed.’
‘Talk was interesting and entertaining. Hearing parts of the plays spoken was great. Deirdre brought them to life, and hearing about the background to them was worthwhile. Hope to see and hear you again soon!’


I am from Carlow, in the South-East of Ireland.
I am now based in the East Midlands of Britain.

If you want to know more about my activities, click on the page buttons at the top of this page.
Contact me: d.obyrne@lboro.ac.uk, or phone 01509 222961.


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