Keynote Speakers’ Biographies

Christine Cusick

Christine Cusick is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Seton Hill University.  Her research focuses on the cultural and material intersections of ecology, narrative and place.  She has published ecocritical readings of contemporary Irish poetry, fiction, bogland photography and American nature writing as well as nationally recognized place based creative nonfiction. Her edited collection Out of the Earth:  Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts, which includes her interview with Tim Robinson, was published by Cork University Press and her recent essay ‘Mapping Placelore:  Tim Robinson’s Ambulation and Articulation of Connemara as Bioregion’ appears in The Bioregional Imagination:  New Perspectives on Literature, Ecology and Place.  She serves as the environmentalism advisory editor for New Hibernia Review and was an invited speaker at The Connemara Symposium:  Perspectives on Tim Robinson at the National University of Ireland Galway.  She has forthcoming essays on avian encounter in Irish poetry and on narrative ecocritical scholarship and is currently co-editing, with Derek Gladwin, a collection titled Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture, and Environment, which is forthcoming from Manchester University Press

Oona Frawley

Oona Frawley is a lecturer in Irish and world literature at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Prior to joining the School of English in 2008, she held postdoctoral research fellowships at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast. The author of Irish Pastoral: Nature and Nostalgia in Twentieth-Century Irish Literature (2005), Oona is the editor of A New and Complex Sensation: Essays on Joyce’s Dubliners (2004), Selected Essays of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (2005), and New Dubliners (2005). She is the editor of Memory Ireland Volume I: History and Modernity (2010), Memory Ireland Volume II: Diaspora and Memory Practices (2012), Memory Ireland Volume III: The Famine and the Troubles (2014), and the co-editor, with Katherine O’Callaghan, of Memory Ireland Volume IV: James Joyce and Cultural Memory (2014). Oona is completing a monograph on Spenser in Irish cultural memory, Spenser’s Trace, and has begun work on a new book on the global Irish novel. A Hennessy Award nominee, her own first novel, Flight, was published in 2014 by Tramp Press. She is also a contributor to Dubliners 100, edited by Thomas Morris and forthcoming in June, which features 15 ‘cover versions’ of Joyce’s Dubliners on the 100th anniversary of its publication.

Sinéad Morrissey

Sinéad Morrissey was born in Northern Ireland in 1972, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied German and English as an undergraduate, and from where she took her doctorate in 18th-Century British Fiction. She has travelled widely, living in Germany, Japan and New Zealand before returning to Northern Ireland in 1999. She has published five collections of poetry with Carcanet Press: There was Fire in Vancouver (1996); Between Here and There (2002); The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and Parallax (2013). Her prizes include The Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry (1990); an Eric Gregory Award (1996); the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award (2002); the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize (2005) a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007), first Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition (2007), The Irish Times Poetry Prize (2009) and The T S Eliot Prize (2013). She is a Reader in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast.

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