English Studies at Queen's represents one of the most diverse areas of study and research in the Humanities, one that already has a worldwide reputation in some of its specialist fields of interest. The school's objective is to develop and enhance these areas through teamwork, collegiality, and with an eye to the possibilities of interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation in our research.
The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, under the auspices of the School of English, is the first Centre of Excellence for poetry in Ireland and its director is the internationally renowned poet Ciaran Carson. It provides resources for emerging and established poets, researchers and critics, and serves to link creativity to criticism and academic scholarship. Through annual programmes of readings by poets and scholars, the Centre ensures that the dynamic tradition of poetry at Queen's extends to a wide audience and is of benefit to students, writers in the community, and the public at large. The School's Programme for Schools extends staff expertise into the secondary school classroom, giving A- and AS-level students a sense of what English at higher level education is like, and assisting teachers in maximising their students' engagement with and enjoyment of literature.
Please browse these webpages to discover more about the School, our teaching and research, and the unique experience provided by the activities of the English Society and the The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Professor Edward Larrissy, Head of School