Tara McEvoy

    Tara McEvoy

    Postgraduate research student

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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 2017, I taught two classes on the first-year undergraduate module 'English in Context: An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction' (ENG1002), surveying a broad sample of recent fiction and criticism. The module allowed for discussion of a range of cultural theories, and an examination of the contemporary, global literary marketplace, as well as analysis of literary treatments of contemporary political issues.

    As part of the Queen’s Irish Studies Summer School (2017 and 2018), 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 News, and was a member of the 2014 class of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership.

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