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My research interests are in modern Irish and Northern Irish poetry.
My PhD thesis, 'Yeats and Labour', aims to provide the first overall theorisation of labour in W.B. Yeats's poetry. It has been supervised by Dr Gail McConnell and Prof. Fran Brearton. Previous research has examined themes of commerce and the north in the poetry of Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon.
I have taught on the second-year undergraduate module on Irish Literature at Queen's, and delivered seminars on the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Sinéad Morrissey and Alan Gillis at the Queen's Irish Studies Summer School.
Beyond the university, I have taught English in various capacities at Methodist College Belfast, Carrickfergus Grammar School, Bromley High School, the Seamus Heaney HomePlace and Bangor Academy, in the last case as part of the Queen's Senior Academy programme.
I studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, where my dissertation was supervised by Prof. Bernard O'Donoghue. I then trained and practiced as a solicitor, specialising in financial services regulation. I returned to studying English in 2014, at Queen's, and started my PhD here in 2016.