Notes on Contributors

Caroline Magennis is currently completing her PhD, ‘Sons of Ulster: Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel’ in the School of English at Queen’s University Belfast. She is the author of ‘The Unrelenting Protagonist: The Anti-Hero in the Novels of Eoin McNamee’ in Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Studies, ed. Shane Murphy et al.Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, 2005. She is in the process of organising a postgraduate conference on Irish and Scottish Studies which will be held at Queen’s in April 2006.

Ian Malcolm is in the final year of his PhD in the School of Irish and Celtic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. His thesis is entitled ‘Towards Inclusion: Young Protestants and the Irish language in Northern Ireland’. His forthcoming essay, 'Be you perfectly peaceable: Is trua nár éisteamar', is due to be published in An Dragún Dian: Dónall Ó Conaill - Éigse na Brídeoige 2005, ed. S. Mac an tSíthigh, later this year by Coiscéim. Amongst his other academic interests is the Ulster Scots language.

Brian Gourley is in the final stages of his doctoral thesis, ‘Aspects of the Carnivalesque and Grotesque in the Writings of John Bale’, at the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast. His contribution to this edition of Quest is the development of a paper he delivered at the Middle Ages on Film conference at the University of St Andrews in July 2005.

Jacqueline Witherow is presently completing her PhD in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast. Her submission to this edition of Quest stems from a paper she presented at the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) conference held at the University of Sheffield in August 2005. Her forthcoming paper, ‘Band Development in Northern Ireland’, will be published in Anthropology in Action.