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Research Interests

My research focuses on Irish and Northern Irish literature, specifically poetry; particular interests include the politics of poetic form, publication culture, and canonicity. The current title of my thesis is ‘The Northern Irish Poetry of the 1960s and 1970s and the Politics of Reception’. The project is supervised by Prof. Fran Brearton and Dr. Gail McConnell.

I studied for a BA and MA at Queen’s University prior to undertaking PhD study, and have previously written on the work of Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, and Louis MacNeice.



In 2020, I am teaching on two undergraduate modules: the first-year module 'English in Context: An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction' (ENG1002), and the second-year module 'Modern Poetry' (ENG2067). In 2017, I taught two classes on the 'English in Context' module. 

As part of the Queen’s Irish Studies Summer School (2017 - 2019), I have taught on contemporary Northern Irish Poetry ('New Northern Voices'), including work by Sinéad Morrissey, Leontia Flynn, Alan Gillis, and Miriam Gamble.

At Seamus Heaney HomePlace, I have been involved with the delivery of the education programme, teaching across school groups, from foundation stage to undergraduate level, including a regular series of seminars on the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost for KS5 (A Level) pupils.



In 2018, I undertook a work placement, organised through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, with Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a flagship arts and literary centre for Northern Ireland. At the end of this placement I took on a temporary post as the centre's education officer.

In 2016, alongside Caitlin Newby, Michael Nolan, Padraig Regan, and Matthew Morete, I founded The Tangerine, a magazine of new writing, which I continue to edit. The magazine is published three times annually and features poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography and illustration. We have held a number of Tangerine events in Belfast, Dublin, and Cork.

In 2017, I was a sub-editor at Queen's Political Review (Social Issues), and in 2013/14 served as editor of The Gown student newspaper, of which I am currently a trustee. 

I write occassional reviews for the Irish Times and Irish News, and was a member of the 2014 class of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership.

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  • Prizes

  • AHRC Studentship

    McEvoy, Tara (Recipient), 01 Oct 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarship

    McEvoy, Tara (Recipient), 01 Aug 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Print Futures Award

    McEvoy, Tara (Recipient), 30 Jul 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Rose Library Short-Term Fellowship

    McEvoy, Tara (Recipient), 01 Apr 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    CDRG Research Day

    Tara McEvoy (Participant)

    08 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Michael Longley in Context

    Tara McEvoy (Participant)

    11 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Writing Reviews at Belfast Book Festival

    Tara McEvoy (Participant)

    15 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    'Finished and Under Construction': Irish Poetry since 1998

    Tara McEvoy (Participant)

    01 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The Avant-Garde in Irish Literature

    Tara McEvoy (Invited speaker)

    11 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk