Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and course director of the M.A. in Irish Music Studies at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. She teaches and publishes on Irish traditional and popular musics. Aileen is co-editor of Songs of Social Protest (2018) and Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives (2016), along with three other music essay collections (2011, 2015, 2018). She is a series editor for Popular Musics Matter: Social, Cultural and Political Interventions (Rowman & Littlefield) and deputy editor of Ethnomusicology Ireland. Aileen is currently completing a monograph on Irish/Irish-American ethnicity, identity and music-making in Chicago. She plays flute and piano with the All-Ireland winning Templeglantine Ceilí Band.
Named one of the twenty “Next Generation” poets by the UK Poetry Book Society in 2004, Leontia Flynn has written four acclaimed volumes of poetry--These Days (2004) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, Drives (2008) earned her the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Profit and Loss (2011) was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and The Radio (2018) won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Flynn received the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry in 2013 and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award for 2014. She lives in Belfast and teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University.
Edna Longley is a Professor Emerita at Queen's University Belfast. Her books include Poetry & Posterity (Bloodaxe, 2000) and Yeats and Modern Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which won the ACIS Robert Rhodes Prize. She has edited Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008); and co-edited (with Peter Mackay and Fran Brearton) Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry (Cambridge, 2011), and (with Fran Brearton) Incorrigibly Plural: Louis MacNeice and his Legacy (Carcanet, 2012). Her most recent book is Under the Same Moon: Edward Thomas and the English Lyric (Enitharmon, 2017).
Michael Longley’s most recent collection, Angel Hill, was published in 2017, as was Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015. His previous collection The Stairwell (2014) won the Griffin International Prize. In 2001 Longley received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and he has won the Hawthornden Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is a Freeman of the City of Belfast. Michael Longley was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal: an international poetry prize awarded by Toyama Prefecture Japan.
Catherine McKenna is the Margaret Brooks Robinson Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and chair of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, from which she received her Ph.D. Prior to returning to Harvard, she was director of the Irish Studies Program at Queens College, City University of New York, and taught regularly in the Irish Studies Program at New York University. Her research and writing focus for the most part on the medieval literatures of Wales and Ireland, but she is currently working on a study of the cult of Saint Brigit of Kildare from its origins in the 6th century to the present day.
Emilie Pine is Associate Professor in Modern Drama at University College Dublin, and is author of the No.1 bestseller Notes to Self (Tramp Press). Emilie is Director of the Irish Memory Studies Research Network and Editor of the Irish University Review. She is PI of the IRC New Horizons major project Industrial Memories, a digital witnessing of the 2009 Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Ryan Report). Emilie has published widely in the fields of theatre and memory studies, including The Politics of Irish Memory: Performing Remembrance in Contemporary Irish Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Her forthcoming book is on the dynamics of witnessing memory and trauma in contemporary international theatre (forthcoming, Indiana University Press).
John M. Reganlectures in history at the University of Dundee, Scotland. After completing his doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast in 1994, John became the first Irish Government’s Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford. He was later elected to a Research Fellowship at Wolfson College Oxford, and awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1999, John published The Irish Counter-Revolution 1921-36: Treatyite Politics and Settlement in Independent Ireland (Gill & Macmillan), and in 2013 Myth and the Irish State: Historical Problems and Other Essays (Irish Academic Press). He has published extensively in Historical Journal, Irish Historical Studies, History, Reviews in History, Dublin Review of Books, and The Journal of British Studies. His essay ‘Kindling the Singing Flame: The Destruction of the Public Record Office (20 June 1922) as a Historical Problem’, appearsin Cormack K. H. O’Malley (ed.), Modern Ireland and Revolution: Ernie O’Malley in Context (Irish Academic Press, 2016).