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The current ISSCL committee members are: Dr Patricia Kennon (President), Dr Suzanne Carroll,(Vice-President), Dr Anne Markey,  Dr Claire M. Dunne, Rebecca Long, Dr Áine McGillicuddy, Brian Mac Maghnuis, Dr Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn, and Jane O’Hanlon.


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.


Jane Suzanne Carroll is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin. 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.  She is currently working on a new project on material culture in late nineteenth and early twentieth century children’s texts. Before her appointment at TCD, Jane taught with the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton. She has also worked at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.


President of the ISSCL from 2013 to 2017, Anne Markey is a Literature Tutor with the Open Education Unit in Dublin City University. Her research focuses on the intersections between Gaelic traditions and Irish writing in English from the seventeenth century to the present day and on children’s literature of the long eighteenth century. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals on topics relating to both these areas. Her other publications include Folklore and Modern Irish Writing (2014; co-edited with Anne O’Connor); 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). 


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.



Claire M. Dunne spent time teaching in scoileanna lán-Gaeilge and now works as a lecturer in Irish in Marino Institute of Education (MIE). She has a Masters in Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Applied Linguistics. She was awarded the Accredited Seal for Translators and she also works as a translator in MIE. She worked as Irish-language editor of Inis from 2011 – 2014. She was a co-editor for the third collection of academic essays on Irish-language children’s literature, and she was the Irish-language editor for the National Collection of Children’s Books. She spent the academic year 2014 -2015 teaching Irish in Notre Dame University on a Fulbright scholarship. In 2017, she wrote a report with Dr Tina Hickey on Young People’s Reading Choices and Practices for the Council on Gaeltacht and Irish-medium Education.


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