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Dr Jane Carroll is Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin and co-director of the MPhil in Children’s Literature. Her teaching and research interests centre on children’s literature, landscape, and material culture in fiction. She has published a monograph, Landscape in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2012), as well as articles on Susan Cooper, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, ghost stories, and children’s fantasy.  Her new book British Children’s Literature and Material Culture: Commodities and Consumption 1850-1914 will be published this year.


thumbnail_profileClareClarkeDr Clare Clarke is lecturer in nineteenth century literature and culture in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her research specialisms include the study of crime fiction and the Victorian periodical and newspaper press. Her first book, Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock (2014) was awarded the HFR Keating prize in 2015. He second book British Detective Fiction, 1891-1901: The Successors to Sherlock Holmes was published in 2020. She is currently working on a project which maps locations in Victorian fiction. 


Dr Jade Dillon is an Associate Professor of Children’s Literature and Young Learners at the Norwegian University of Jade Dillon jpegScience and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Her research interests include children’s literature, visual texts, cinematography, and gender studies. Her current research project focuses on representations of menstruation in children’s literature and artwork. She has previously published essays in volumes with Palgrave Macmillan and McFarland. Jade’s forthcoming publication is an article on (re)imagining girlhood in Barnboken Journal of Children’s Literature Research (2022). She is also co-editing Family in Children’s and Young Adult Literature with Dr Eleanor Spencer. Jade tweets from the account @jade_dillon, and her website is


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Dr Dara Downey is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and on the Trinity Access Programme. She is the author of American Women’s Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age (2014). She is Editor of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies ( She is currently writing a literary biography of Shirley Jackson, as well as researching servants and slaves in American gothic.




KilleenJarlath Killeen’s research focuses on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain and Ireland, though he also has a longstanding interest in eighteenth-century Ireland and especially the history and pre-history of Gothic literature on this island. To date, he has written five monographs: two on Oscar Wilde – The Faiths of Oscar Wilde (Palgrave, 2005); The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Ashgate, 2007) – and three on Gothic literature: Gothic Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2005); Gothic Literature, 1825-1914 (University of Wales Press, 2009); The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). All five focus extensively on the significance of religion in cultural studies.  At the moment, he is writing articles on the Irish Gothic,  romance writer Nora Roberts, Oscar Wilde and ghosts, Varney the Vampire and Victorian hygiene, and Harry Clarke’s fairy tale illustrations, and beginning a book-length study of the discourse of childhood in eighteenth-century Irish writing and culture.


Alice thumbnail_4C5DBF66-67E8-40AB-872A-DCDBC1F5F6FDAliceJorgensenJorgensen is Assistant Professor of English Literature to 1500 in the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. Her teaching and research interests cross both poetry and prose, with a particular focus on emotions and also gender. She specializes chiefly in Old English (before 1100).




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Dr Becky Long graduated from the inaugural M.Phil in Children’s Literature in Trinity College in 2012, and received funding from the Irish Research Council to undertake a PhD in Irish children’s literature in 2014. She became a Book Doctor in 2016 with Children’s Books Ireland and has been a Section Editor for the INIS Reading Guide since then. Since 2019, she has been working as a programme coordinator with the Access Programme in Trinity College. Her research interests include oral culture, mythology, memory, landscape and identity.