Press Releases 2014-2015

Ground-breaking analysis of Irish Literature by UWTSD researcher


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) researcher has put the finishing touches to a book which examines the short prose work of Irish experimental writers Samuel Beckett, Aidan Higgins and Tom Mac Intyre.

Dr Catriona Ryan, a Senior Research Fellow at UWTSD has edited the book on the Irish experimental short story entitled, Writing From the Margins: The Aesthetics of Disruption in the Irish Short Story.

It is the first book of its kind that examines the counter-tradition in the Irish short story literary canon. The book is also very significant as it includes essays by two great Irish writers, the late Seamus Heaney and Dermot Healy, who both granted permission for their work to be included in the book before they died. 

As well as editing the book and writing the introduction, Dr Ryan, who is a world authority on Tom Mac Intyre has created an essay about his short prose.
Dr Ryan said:

“This project has been ongoing for three years and it feels quite incredible that it has been completed. It’s exciting because it is a whole new research area of Irish Literature that hasn’t been explored before. By researching the works of Beckett, Higgins and Mac Intyre, and not concentrating on the usual mainstream writers, the book explores an area that has never been isolated before. There is currently a resurgent research interest in the Irish short story, and this book is the first to highlight an area of Irish short story writing which has been woefully neglected.

“I’m excited that we have people from UWTSD on board the project, Timi O’Neill contributed a great essay to the book and a very talented advertising and brand design student, Rhiannon Stacey, designed a wonderful cover.” 

Timi O’Neill, who is a Programme Director and lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design, contributed an essay on the postcolonial nature of Beckett’s work entitled, ‘Historical Trauma and Imprisonment in Samuel Beckett’s Short Prose.’

Rhiannon said:

“It’s been great working with Catriona over the last two years and having the opportunity to work with publishers gave me the chance to showcase my photography skills. Creating this cover has been different from whatI’ve been working on at university so that’s been a great experience.”

The book has now gone to press and will be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in May. The book launch will take place in Swansea in June.

Dr Ryan is a poet, theorist and academic author. In 2012, she published a ground-breaking monograph with Cambridge Scholars on the experimental prose and theatre of Tom Mac Intyre, which was described by Professor Willy Maley (Glasgow University) as a ‘pioneering work of criticism.’ Her current research interest is based on a new methodology she has developed using poetry writing as an interdisciplinary tool for academics, artists and others to explore the multivalent potential of language as a base for creative thinking. The methodology is called ‘Transmorphic Hermenuetics.’ As a result of her work and its research potential, she has been nominated (along with Kylie Boon) for the Ted Hughes Poetry Award by Cinnamon Press.

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2.    The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University

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4.    On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014