Fran Brearton


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My research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries, and in the literature and culture of the First World War, literary modernism, and war writing throughout the 20th century. I also have a particular interest in the work of Robert Graves – his poetry, historical fiction, criticism, and autobiographical writings

Research Statement

My first book was a study of the effects of the First World War on 20th-century Irish poetry; more recently, I co-edited (with Alan Gillis) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. I've just edited a new edition of Robert Graves's First World War memoir, Good-bye to All That, for Penguin Classics (2014) and am currently working on a study of Graves's writings.


I teach primarily in the areas of 19th and 20th century Irish literature, modern poetry - particularly contemporary Irish and British poetry - and modernist literature. I’ve supervised research students in the areas of 19th & 20th century Irish literature, 20th-century British, Irish, and American poetry, and 20th-century British fiction, and welcome proposals in the areas of modern British and Irish literature. I also supervise the critical component of creative writing PhDs (fiction and poetry). I teach on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism, and also on the MA in Irish Literature, where I run a special option on 20th century Irish Poetry.

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Projects 2005 2018

Research Output 1997 2018

Yeats, Dates and Kipling: 1912, 1914, 1916

Brearton, F., Aug 2018, In : Modernist Cultures. 13, 3, p. 305-322

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
W. B. Yeats

Francis Ledwidge

Brearton, F., Nov 2017, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets. Dawe, G. (ed.). Cambridge University Press , p. 101-114 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review of Angel Hill by Michel Longley

Brearton, F., 17 Jun 2017, The Guardian.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

'Horse Latitudes' and 'Drives'

Brearton, F., 03 Mar 2016, Tower Poetry Reviews 2004-2014. McDonald, P. (ed.). Tower Poetry, p. 58-64, 131-36 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

‘In a between world’: Northern Irish Poetry

Brearton, F., 2016, The Cambridge Companion to British Poetry, 1945-2010. Larrissy, E. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 130-147 17 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


AHRC research leave award

Fran Brearton (Recipient), Jan 2004

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Fran Brearton (Recipient), 16 Mar 2018

Prize: Election to learned society

Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship

Fran Brearton (Recipient), 01 Aug 2002

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Visiting Scholarship, St John's College Oxford

Fran Brearton (Recipient), Aug 2008

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Activities 1999 2018

An Irish Airman Forsees his Death; Poetry and World War I

Fran Brearton (Invited speaker)
10 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

14th International Robert Graves Conference

Fran Brearton (Keynote/plenary speaker)
12 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Mark Doty

Fran Brearton (Host)

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

W.B.Yeats International Summer School

Fran Brearton (Keynote/plenary speaker)
26 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Irish Research Council (External organisation)

Fran Brearton (Board Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Press / Media

BBC Radio Ulster St Anne's Cathedral Remembrance Sunday

Fran Brearton


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

BBC Radio Ulster Sunday Sequence: the Armistice

Fran Brearton


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Muriel Spark and Catholicism

Author: Walls, K., 2014

Supervisor: Litvack, L. (Supervisor), Hughes, (Supervisor) & Brearton, (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy