Professor Fran Brearton

Modern Poetry

I’m Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s, and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre. My research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries; I also have an interest in the literature and culture of the First World War, literary modernism, and in war writing throughout the 20th century. My first book was a study of the effects of the First World War on 20th-century Irish poetry; most recently, I co-edited (with Alan Gillis) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry.

I review poetry regularly for the Guardian, Tower Poetry, and The Edinburgh Review. I also have an abiding interest in the work of Robert Graves – his poetry, historical fiction, and autobiographical writings, and have just edited a new edition of his First World War memoir, Goodbye to All That, for Penguin Classics. I’ve supervised research students in the areas of 19th & 20th century Irish literature, 20th-century British, Irish, and American poetry, and 20th-century British fiction, and welcome proposals in the areas of modern British and Irish literature. I also supervise the critical component of creative writing PhDs (fiction and poetry).

I teach on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism, and also on the MA in Irish Literature, where I run a special option on 20th century Irish Poetry.


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