A DISTINGUISHED HISTORY, A DYNAMIC PRESENT, A VIBRANT FUTURE
Situated in the heart of literary Belfast, English at Queen's has one of the most esteemed creative writing heritages of any English department in Britain and Ireland. Internationally renowned for hosting the 'Belfast Group', a collective of writers which included Heaney, Longley as well as playwright Stewart Parker and novelist Bernard MacLaverty, English Studies has refused to rest on its creative laurels. In the 1970s the then School of English fostered the three very distinctive voices of the poets Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. The Seamus Heaney Centre is one of the leading centres for creative writing in these islands, with a staff comprised of leading poets, screenwriters, and novelists.
Former staff have included multi-award winning poet and translator Ciaran Carson and Forward Prize and T. S. Eliot Prize and National Poetry Competition winning poet Sinead Morrissey; current staff include Forward Prize winning poet Leontia Flynn, Betty Trask award-winning novelist Glenn Patterson; BBC Book of the Week writer Garrett Carr and critically acclaimed novelist Darran McCann, Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Tim Loane, and award-winning playwright and scriptwriter Jimmy McAleavey, among others. Stephen Sexton, a graduate of the Heaney Centre in 2017 and winner of the National Poetry Competition’s Poem of the Year for 2016, is one of a dynamic new generation of writers and critics emerging from English at Queen’s.
Ranked among the top 100 English departments world-wide (according to the QS World University Rankings), English Studies at Queen’s represents one of the most diverse areas of study and research in the contemporary Humanities, one that already has a worldwide reputation in many of its specialist fields of interest.
Choose from a selection of Single and Joint Honour Bachelor of Arts in English degrees.
Choose from a selection of Masters degrees in areas including Poetry, Creative Writing, and Broadcast Literacy
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THERE WERE OTHER UNIVERSITIES IN IRELAND... ... Trinity College, UCD, Cork, and so on. But there was a sense of that, from my perspective in County Derry... Queen's was the university we knew about, it was a natural progression... A happy choice. Seamus Heaney
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