Dr Fran Brearton


Professor Brearton’s research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries, and in the literature and culture of the First World War. Her work explores the influence of Yeats, and other poets of the early 20th century, on contemporary poetry, and highlights the significance of the First World War to the Irish tradition. She has written extensively on Yeats, Heaney, Longley, Mahon, Graves, and MacNeice, as well as on contemporary poets such as Quinn and O’Reilly.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Modern poetry
  • 20th century war writing
  • Modern Irish literature
  • Modernist literature
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Research students

PhD title: Northern Irish Poetry of the 1970s

Name: Tara McEvoy
Years of Study: 2015 - present
Country: Northern Ireland


Editor, The Tangerine

PhD title: Seamus Heaney and American Poetry

Name: Christopher Laverty
Years of Study: 2015 - present
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Football Hooliganism and the Northern Poet

Name: Dane Holt
Years of Study: 2017 - present

Alumni: where are they now?

Miriam Gamble

PhD title: Genre and Lyric Subjectivity in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

Years of Study: 2004 - 2008
Country: Scotland
Current position: Lecturer, University of Edinburgh; Programme director, MsC in Creative Writing


Gail McConnell

PhD title: Northern Irish Poetry and Theology

Years of Study: 2007-2010
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast


Alex Wylie

PhD title: T.S.Eliot and Geoffrey Hill

Years of Study: 2004 - 2008
Country: England
Current position: University tutor writer and poet


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