Derek Attridge

Derek Attridge is the author or editor of twenty-five books, among them several studies of James Joyce, including Joyce Effects: On Language, Theory, and History (Cambridge, 2000) and The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce (second edition, 2004). Among his contributions to literary theory are The Singularity of Literature (Routledge, 2004) and The Work of Literature (Oxford, 2015); he has also published widely on poetic form and South African literature. He is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Margaret Kelleher

Margaret Kelleher is Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin, and was appointed to this Chair in 2012. Previously she was the founding director of An Foras Feasa: Maynooth University’s Humanities Institute. She has published widely in the areas of Irish women’s writings, nineteenth-century Irish literary studies, famine studies, and digital humanities, and has recently completed a monograph entitled Language Crossings: Myles Joyce, James Joyce and the Maamtrasna Murders.

Professor Kelleher is Chair of the Irish Film Institute (, former Chair (2009-2016) of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures ( and was a member of Science Europe’s international Scientific Committee for the Humanities from 2012-5. She has been visiting scholar at University of São Paulo, Boston College, Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Concordia University Montreal, St John’s College Cambridge and University of Virginia.


Gerry Smyth

Gerry Smyth is Professor of Irish Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. He has published widely on a range of issues, including monographs entitled The Novel and the Nation (1997), Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination (2001), Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music (2005), Music in Irish Cultural History (2009), The Judas Kiss: Treason and Betrayal in Six Modern Irish Novels (2015), and most recently Celtic Tiger Blues: Music and Modern Irish Identity (2016). He is also a musician, playwright and actor, and has performed in these capacities at events throughout Europe. He is currently working on a book-length study of music in the life and work of James Joyce, and a new play based on the life of Brendan Behan.