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The current ISSCL committee members are: Dr Anne Markey (President), Dr Patricia Kennon (Vice-President), Dr Róisín Adams, Dr Marnie Hay, Dr Áine McGillicuddy, Brian Mac Maghnuis, Rebecca Long and Dr Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn.


Anne Markey teaches in An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth and the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on the intersections between Gaelic traditions and Irish writing in English from the seventeenth century to the present day, and on the representation of childhood in a variety of texts. She has published widely on topics relating to both these areas. Her publications include Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales: Origins and Contexts (2011), and annotated editions of Children’s Fiction 1765-1808 (2011) and Patrick Pearse: Short Stories (2009). In addition, she has co-edited the anonymously authored Vertue Rewarded (1693) and Sarah Butler’s Irish Tales (1716), both published in 2010.


Patricia Kennon is a Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth and is the Vice President of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature. She is a former Editor in Chief and Features Editor of Inis: The Children’s Books Magazine and a former President of iBbY Ireland, the Irish national section of IBBY. She won a 2010 National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include young-adult science fiction, gender in children’s literature and popular culture, fandom studies, intercultural education, visual culture and Victorian literature.


Róisín Adams finished a PhD in the School of Irish in Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Her research topic was the development of children’s literature in the Irish language between 1926 and 1967. She was co-editor, along with Claire Marie Dunne and Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn, of Thar an Tairseach: Aistí ar Litríocht agus ar Chultúr na nÓg (2014) and is currently working as Curriculum Development Manager in the Irish Language Education Provider Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr.

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Marnie Hay specialises in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish history, with particular emphasis on the histories of the Irish Cultural Revival, the Irish Revolution, and Children and Childhood.  Her present research examines Irish nationalism and youth in the early twentieth century and she is currently writing a monograph on the nationalist youth organisation Na Fianna Éireann in the period 1909-23, which will be published by Manchester University Press. She is a founding member of the History of Irish Childhood Research Network and a former academic director of the Parnell Summer School (2011-12).


Áine McGillicuddy lectures in German and Children’s Literature Studies in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University. Her research interests include Imagology and the theme of exile in children’s literature. She is co-editor with Marian Thérèse Keyes of Politics and Ideology in Children’s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts, 2014) and has published on the work of Judith Kerr. She is a former Vice President of iBbY Ireland, the Irish national section of the International Board on Books for Young People. From October to December 2014 she was the recipient of a research fellowship from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library) Munich, Germany.


Brian is a Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the second year of his doctoral research in Trinity College’s School of English under the supervision of Dr Pádraic Whyte. Having completed the School’s MPhil programme in Children’s Literature in 2013, Brian is researching the construction of Irish identity in Irish-American children’s literature at the turn of the twentieth century and is focusing in particular on the literary career of Anglo-Irish-American children’s author Herminie Templeton Kavanagh who wrote Darby O’Gill literary fairy tales from the 1900s to the 1920s. An essay Brian wrote about the Irish-language children’s literature classic Jimín Mháire Thaidhg by Padraig Ó Siochfhradha was published in a collection of essays on Irish-language children’s literature entitled Thar an Tairseach in late 2014.

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Having studied English in TCD, Rebecca became part of the university’s first M.Phil in Children’s Literature cohort and graduated in 2012. Since graduating she has contributed to a number of critical essay collections on children’s literature including Feast or Famine: Food in Children’s Literature (2014), Neil Gaiman in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and New Perspectives on Gender in Children’s and YA Fiction (2015). She was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship by the Irish Research Council in 2014, and is currently in her first year of a PhD in Irish children’s literature in TCD. Her research focuses on representations of childhood and the significance of cultural heritage in traditional narratives.

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Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn currently teaches in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Her research interests include methodologies and ideologies in the translation of children’s literature, translation from French to Irish Gaelic in the 20th century, retellings of myth and folklore, and the role of women in Irish literature. She has recently co-edited Laethanta Gréine Oícheanta Sí: Aistí ar Litríocht agus ar Chultúr na nÓg (2013) with Ríona Nic Congáil, and Thar an Tairseach: Aistí ar Litríocht agus ar Chultúr na nÓg (2014) with Róisín Adams and Claire Marie Dunne.

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