Professor John Brannigan is Head of English at UCD and is the author of book-length studies of the writings of Brendan Behan and Pat Barker as well as investigations of critical race theory in Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture (2009). He was editor of the international journal, Irish University Review, from 2010 to 2016. A Bit of a Writer: Brendan Behan’s Complete Collected Short Prose edited by John Brannigan is publishing with Lilliput Press during the centenary celebrations of Behan’s birth in 2023, with his birthday being 9 February.
Maria Simonds-Gooding has been identified as one of Ireland’s foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the Sixties. Her work, which has been exhibited internationally, is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Born in India in 1939, Maria Simonds-Gooding studied at the National College of Art, Dublin, Le Centre de Peinture, Bruxelles, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, UK from 1962–68 and has lived and worked in Kerry since 1947. She was elected a member of Aosdána in 1981 and was elected full membership of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012.
Therese Caherty is a journalist, trade unionist and feminist writer who engaged in the major turning points in reproductive rights campaigns in recent years. She was assistant editor in women’s publisher Attic Press. She is a former member of the Irish Executive and Equality Councils of the National Union of Journalists and NUJ rep for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Women’s Committee. She co-founded and chaired the Irish Women Workers Commemorative Committee, and the Trade Union Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment.
Pauline Conroy is a social scientist, policy analyst and author who has published extensively on reproductive rights since the 1980s. Her publications on gender themes, poverty issues and reproductive rights have been published worldwide. She has been an expert in social policy with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the International Labour Organisation. Pauline was co-editor of Gender in Irish Society in 1987 with Galway University Press. In 2018 she authored A Bit Different – Disability in Ireland with Orpen Press.
Derek Speirs has been described as “Ireland’s most renowned photographer of social scenes and social issues” by Rev Peter McVerry. He has been widely exhibited, most recently at the Galerie Dezernat5 as part of the Filmkunstfest in Schwerin in Germany. His photo publications have been widely acclaimed such as Pavee Pictures and 30 Years of Pavee Point. He cooperated with Gene Kerrigan in Goodbye to All That, a publication addressing Ireland and the career of politician Charles Haughey.
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 has written books on Austin Clarke and William Trevor, and Out of What Began: A History of Irish Poetry in English (Cornell University Press, 1998). He edited After the Irish: An Anthology of Poetic Translation (Cork University Press, 2009) and is author of The Midnight Court: Eleven Versions of Merriman (Lilliput Press, 2015). In 2023, he edited ‘Look Back to Look Forward’: Frank O’Connor’s Complete Translations from the Irish (Lilliput Press). He lives in west Cork with his wife, the fiction writer Jane Mullen.