ANDY BIELENBERG, lectures in history at the National University of Ireland, 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.
Fiona Stafford (editor) is Professor of English at University of Oxford (UK). Her books include Local Attachments (2010), The Long, Long Life of Trees (2016) and The Brief Life of Flowers (2017).
Dr Fergal Lenehan (BA and MA UCD, PhD Leipzig, Habilitation Jena) is based at the University of Jena, Germany, where he is a full-time researcher at the project ‘ReDICo: Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively’, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. His comparative study of intellectual discourses on Europe in Ireland, Britain and Germany, Intellectuals and Europe (Trier 2014), is a key contribution to this under-researched field.
Professor Joachim Fischer (MA Mainz, PhD TCD), Jean Monnet Professor of European Cultural Studies at the University of Limerick, has been a driving force in European Studies across three decades. NIHE Limerick was set up in 1972 and UL has remained a major centre for European Studies in Ireland. Professor Fischer is Course Director of its undergraduate programme in European Studies, which is among the longest-established such programmes in the world.
Dr Martin Shaw is an award-winning author, mythologist and storyteller. Currently Reader in Poetics at Dartington Arts School, he founded both the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University. His collection of Celtic stories and poems with Tony Hoagland Cinderbiter: Celtic Poems, was published in 2020 by Graywolf Press. Shaw’s most recent books include Courting the Wild Twin (2020), The Night Wages (2019) and Wolf Milk (2019).