Conference Papers

  • ‘”Home, to Ballinahistle?”: The Lost Landscape of Rural Ireland in the Poetry of Eavan Boland, Catherine Byron, and Maura Dooley’, Rural Experience conference, Loughborough University,  March 2013
  • The short stories of Claire Keegan, NEICN/SIN conference, University of Sunderland, Nov 2012.
  • “You’re Not in Ireland Now”: Landscape in Irish women’s poetry’, Affective Landscapes Conference, University of Derby, May 2012.
  • ‘”What I’ve lost and how”: Diasporic women’s poetry’, New Perspectives on Women and the Irish Diaspora Conference, Bath Spa University, March 2012.
  • ‘Patrick MacGill’s Children of the Dead End’, NEICN Conference, SunderlandUniversity, Nov 2011
  • ‘People and Landscape in Sam Hanna Bell’s December Bride, NEICN conference, University of Sunderland, Nov 2010.
  • ‘Old and new knowledges in Ní Dhuibhne’s The Dancers Dancing’, IASIL conference, Maynooth, Ireland, July 2010.
  • ‘Wayward Women in Claire Keegan’s short stories’, Changes in Contemporary Ireland Conference, Loughborough University, Sept 2009.
  • ‘”Just A Little Kiss for Daddy”: Fatherhood in Irish Fiction’, IASIL conference, University of Glasgow, July 2009.
  • ‘”You are nobody now”: Immigration in Bolger’s The Valparaiso Voyage’, New Irish, Old Ireland, American Conference of Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 2009.
  • ‘Co-operation, Colonisation and Ecofeminism in Leland Bardwell’s There We Have Been’, Land and Identity symposium, Derby University, May 2009.
  • ‘Changing Faces, Changing Places in Dermot Bolger’s The Valparaiso Voyage’, NEICN Re-imagining Ireland conference, University of Sunderland, 14-16 November 2008.
  • ‘”Her Eye on the Distance”: the short stories of Moy McCrory’, Neither Here Nor There: Writing the Irish Diaspora, University of Limerick, 31 Oct – 1 Nov 2008.
  • ‘”A Hard Age to Be”: Girlhood in Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls and Evelyn Conlon’s Stars in the Daytime’, The Novel and its Borders Conference, Aberdeen University, 8-10 June 2008.
  • ‘”One of Ourselves”: Class Relations in Éilís Dillon’s Blood Relations’, Ireland at War and Peace conference, University of Sunderland, November 2007.
  • ‘Books and Buckets: The Education of Irish Farmwomen’, Gender Balance/ Gender Bias: Gender and Education Association Conference, March 2007, Trinity College Dublin.
  • “The Curse of God on Yourselves and Your War!”: Women and War in Eilis Dillon’s novel The Bitter Glass, Ireland – Renaissance, Revolution, Regeneration, University of Sunderland, November 2006.
  • ‘”The Whole Country was in on it’: Collective Collusion and Responsibility in Eilis Ni Dhuibhne’s ‘Midwife to the Fairies”‘, Orality and Modern Irish Culture Conference, University College Galway, June 2006.
  • ‘”Daddy Fought For Freedom”: Republican fathers in the fictions of Jennifer Johnston and John McGahern’, Irish Studies Conference, University of Sunderland, November 2005.
  • ‘Last of their Line: The Disappearing Anglo-Irish in Twentieth-century Fictions and Autobiographies’, Irish Protestant Identities Conference, University of Salford, September 2005.
  • ‘”We Paint Our Own Picture of the Past”: Memory in Jennifer Johnston’s The Invisible Worm’, Women On Ireland Research Network (WOIRN) Gender and Memory conference, University of Limerick, June 2005.
  • ‘Wills and Death-wishes in the Short Stories of John McGahern and Mary Lavin’, Money and Culture conference, University College Cork, May 2005.
  • ‘A Will of Her Own: The Figure of the Widow in the Short Stories of Mary Lavin’, Double Visions conference, University College Dublin, Mar 2005.
  • ‘Transports Of Delight: Metaphors of Mobility in the Fictions of Mary Dorcey, Mary Lavin, John McGahern and Edna O’Brien’, Irish Studies conference, University of Sunderland, Nov 2004.
  • ‘”Exalted World” or “Endangered Species”: The Anglo-Irish in the Fictions of Edna O’Brien and Jennifer Johnston’, American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), University of Liverpool, July 2004.
  • ‘Scandalous Women’: Unmarried Mothers in Short Stories by Mary Lavin, Edna O’Brien and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’, Unmarried Mothers in Twentieth-Century Ireland conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, June 2004.
  • ‘Irish Women’s Relationship with the Land in the Fictions of Leland Bardwell and Maeve Kelly’, Representing Ireland conference, University of Sunderland, October 2003.
  • ‘The Education of Irish Farmers’ Daughters’, Women’s History Network conference, University of Exeter, June 2003.
  • ‘From “The Ballroom of Romance” to “A Country Dance”: Dangerous Dancehalls in the Fictions of Trevor, Dorcey and others’, Diverse Voices Irish Studies conference, University of Central Lancashire, April 2003.
  • ‘Farm Women in Irish Fiction’, WERRC Conference: Celebrating Irish Women’s Writing, UCD, 1999.
  • ‘Irish Women in Britain’, co-presented with Pauline Polkey, Irish Studies conference, Leicester, Feb 1992.

    ‘Deirdre and Autumn Berries in Maganey’
    Watercolour by Trudi Doyle © 


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