All events will take place in the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University unless stated otherwise.


Registration/ Coffee

Keynote lecture by Professor Colin Graham, Maynooth University

Wine reception

Q&A/ poetry reading with Dr Miriam Gamble (chaired by Stephen Connolly)


Panel One: Poetic Inheritances
Dr Kenneth Keating, University College Cork – The Pantoum in Ireland: Poetic Form and Transnationalism
Dr Joe Lines, Queen’s University Belfast – Evocations of the Eighteenth Century in Irish Poetry, 1998–Present
Erin Cunningham, King’s College London – ‘a sonnet and a plate of spaghetti’: Leontia Flynn’s Poetics of the Internet

Coffee break

Panel Two: Liminality/ Borders
India Harris – ‘You are neither here nor there’: Liminality in Seamus Heaney’s The Spirit Level
Emma McKervey – Site Specific Poetry and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
James Patterson – Reclaiming Bandit Country


Panel Three: Gender
Dr Kathleen McCoy, SUNY Adirondack – The Fracture that Annotates the Wound: Reading Medbh McGuckian and Leontia Flynn
Dr Zosia Kucsyńska, University College Dublin – From [a]norexia to [Drag] Queen Elizabeth: the body politic in post-1998 Irish poetry
Stiofán Ó Briain, University College Dublin – ‘Aicíd nua-aoiseach an Fhir Eorpaigh’: Toxic Masculinity in Beatha Dhónaill Dhuibh by Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin

Coffee break

Roundtable: Poetry Publishing in Ireland
Chaired by Dr Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature, Arts Council Northern Ireland
Dr Kenneth Keating, MEAS (Measuring Equality in the Arts Sector)
Maureen Kennelly, Poetry Ireland
Dr Padraig Regan, The Tangerine Magazine
Manuela Moser, The Lifeboat Press
Eva Griffin, NOT4U Collective

Wine reception (Canada Room)

Poetry reading (Canada Room)
Dr Leontia Flynn
Professor Nick Laird
Dr Padraig Regan

Conference dinner (Deanes at Queen's)


Panel Four: Space and Place
Alexander Jones, Trinity College Dublin – Mystifying the Deep: Richard Murphy’s Last Poems
Milena Williamson, Queen’s University Belfast – Capriccio in (Northern) Irish Poetry

Reading by MA Poetry Students from Queen’s University Belfast


Concluding roundtable: Poetry in Ireland Today
Dr Miriam Gamble, University of Edinburgh
Professor Nick Laird, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Gail McConnell, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Stephen Sexton, Queen’s University Belfast

Poetry reading in association with Poetry Ireland (Naughton Gallery)
Susannah Dickey
Michael Naghten Shanks
Jessica Traynor


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