R. Dudley Edwards, late Professor of Modern Irish History and Modern History at University College Dublin, one of the most celebrated historians of his generation in Ireland.
Denis Sampson teaches English at Vanier College, Montreal. He is also review editor of The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and has written numerous articles for journals such as Irish University Review and the Irish Literary Supplement.
Gregory A. Schirmer is the author of books on Austin Clarke and William Trevor and of Out of What Began: A History of Irish Poetry in English. He edited After the Irish: An Anthology of Poetic Translation (Cork University Press, 2009). He is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Mississippi, and divides his time between Mississippi and West Cork.
ANNA BRYSON holds a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College, Dublin. She has overseen the translation of these diaries from their original Irish and, with the assistance of Boyce himself, has carefully unravelled their many codes and allusions. A substantial introduction sets the context in the history of the IRA in the 1950s, British penal history and the genre of prison diaries. Comprehensive biographical notes and cross-references make this a work of reference – while maintaining the personal narrative of Boyce’s prison experience.
Hilary Dully is a documentary filmmaker, film teacher and writer. Her film work has been shown on RTÉ, Channel Four, TG4 and at a number of international festivals. She lives with her family in East Clare. She has a family connection with Marie Comerford and has integrated archival photographs and letters to enhance the memoir.
Katie Dickson studied English Literature and Philosophy in Trinity from 2000 to 2005 with a sabbatical year as Deputy President of the Students’ Union. She was also the Manager of Trinity FM and Editor of the University Record. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCD and is the school librarian at St Dominic’s College, Cabra. She sits on the committees of the Library Association of Ireland’s Youth Library Group and the School Library Association of the Republic of Ireland.
Sorcha Pollak is a journalist with The Irish Times and writes the popular New to the Parish series. Her first book was New to the Parish: Stories of Love, War and Adventure from Ireland’s Immigrants (2018). She has also worked for the Guardian and TIME Magazine. She has a BA in European Studies from Trinity and an MSc in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics.