About the Editors

General Editor: Seán Hewitt

Reviews: Seán Hewitt

Literature / Arts: Darren Dunning and James Gallacher

History: Michael Robinson and Lucy Simpson

Politics: Elizabeth DeYoung

Blogs: Anna Walsh

About the Editors:

Seán Hewitt 

Seán read English at the University of Cambridge, where he received his college’s Emily Davies and Lilias Sophia Ashworth Hallett scholarships and twice received the Charity Reeves Prize in English. He completed his MA in 2014 at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, where he is currently studying for a PhD. His research, which is funded by the AHRC, focuses on the works of J.M. Synge, and explores his relationship to early modernisms and to schemes of systematic modernisation.  Employing a chronological approach, his thesis documents and explores the development, and even “modernisation”, of Synge’s works after his encounters with the transitional, modernising communities subject to the Congested Districts Board for Ireland (1891-1923).


Darren Dunning

Darren is currently studying for a PhD at the Institute of Irish Studies, with his research focusing upon a decade of Irish Literary Periodicals, 1904 – 1914. His research, which is funded by a departmental scholarship, focuses on Dana (1904-05), Uladh (1904-1905) and The Irish Review (1911-1914). His research examines the history and development of these periodicals, with emphasis placed upon the literary periodical as a genre and the impact of such on the literary and cultural landscape of both Ireland and England. Darren graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2011 with joint honours in Irish Studies and English; he received the George Huxley Award for best undergraduate dissertation for his thesis “The Memory of the Dead: Remembering in Irish Literature”. As a postgraduate, Darren studied for an MA in Victorian Literature, before returning to the Institute of Irish Studies to complete his doctorate.


James Gallacher

James has just finished the second year of his Ph.D at the University of Liverpool. His thesis concerns the identification and definition of a literary movement in mid-20th century Dublin. In a wider context his research is primarily concerned with the appraisal of literary texts as manifest artifacts of cultural expression, particularly throughout the early to mid 20th century. He also maintains a scholarly interest in the progression of Gothicism as a stylistic form and Victorian fiction.


Michael Robinson

Michael has completed an undergraduate and a master’s degree at the University Newcastle and the University of Northumbria. Having attained research funding to complete a doctorate at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies in 2012, he begins his final ‘writing up’ year in October 2015. He is researching the homecoming experience of Shell-Shocked veterans who returned to Ireland following the Armistice of 1918. It is these forgotten men of Irish history which he intends to rescue from historical oblivion. In addition to his doctoral research, he has undertaken research fellowships at University College Dublin and the University of Georgia.


Lucy Simpson

Having previously studied History at the University of Leicester, Lucy completed her MA in Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool in 2013, and returned as a PhD candidate the following year.  Her current research project aims to analyse and assess investigations into clerical and institutional abuse in twentieth-century Ireland.  She is particularly interested in social and religious history and, more specifically, in how modern societies come to terms with unpleasant or difficult areas of their past.


Elizabeth DeYoung

Elizabeth is a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston (BA International Affairs/Modern Languages) and Queens University Belfast (MA Irish Studies). She joined in Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, in 2014. Her PhD deploys an anthropological approach to examining the redevelopment of the Girdwood Barracks in North Belfast. This site has been hailed as a landmark opportunity for peace-building in a residentially segregated and economically marginalised area. Her work will interrogate the planning and redevelopment process by analysing the social, political, economic, and historical forces which have shaped the site. The project is a means to explore broader issues of urban development, neoliberalism, and post-industrial regeneration, further complicated by the legacy of conflict.


Anna Walsh

Anna Walsh studied at the University of Leeds before beginning her PhD at the Institute for Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her thesis is entitled ‘The Irish in Leeds 1955-1975’. The aim of the study is to document the experiences of a range of Irish migrants who lived in Leeds at this time. Currently, Leeds is undergoing a great deal of regeneration, and many of the institutions relating to the Irish of this era are under threat or have disappeared. This study seeks to detail the interactions between contemporary individuals and institutions, and to look at the society of the time, the resulting effects of migration on individuals, and on economic and social policy. Anna’s research interests include identity politics, material culture and social history.