David Wheatley

David Wheatley is Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of four collections of poetry with Gallery Press: Thirst (1997), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006) and A Nest on the Waves (2010), and has edited the work of James Clarence Mangan for Gallery Press and Samuel Beckett’s Selected Poems 1930-1989 for Faber and FaberHis Contemporary British Poetry is published by Palgrave (2015), and other critical work has appeared in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (2007), The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2009) and The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry (2003). His articles and reviews have appeared widely, in journals including London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and Dublin Review, and his poetry has featured in various anthologies, including Identity Parade (Bloodaxe, 2010) and The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (2010), and among his prizes are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition.


Amanda Dennis

Amanda Dennis earned her PhD from Berkeley, where she focused on Beckett’s relationship to 20th century French philosophy. Her current book project, Bodying Space: Beckett and the Question of Agency is a study of Merleau-Ponty and Beckett that traces theories of embodied agency in Beckett’s prose, theater and television work. She has published on modernism, Nietzsche and aesthetics, and an article on sensory poetics in Beckett’s Watt will appear this winter in The Journal of Modern Literature. She has taught in England, France, Spain and the US and is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York.


C.J. Ackerley

C.J. Ackerley was, until his recent retirement, Professor of English at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. His speciality is annotation. Over the past four years he has been part of a team editing and annotating several previously unpublished works by Malcolm Lowry, including a “lost” novel, In Ballast to the White Sea (U Ottawa P, 2014). He has published Demented Particulars: the Annotated ‘Murphy’ (1996) and Obscure Locks, Simple Keys: the Annotated ‘Watt’ (2005); and he has written, with Stan Gontarski, the Grove Press and Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett (2005 & 2006). He has recently published ‘Sweets of Sin’, an attempt to render the complexities of Ulysses and the Joyce industry into eighteen limericks. His major current work is a study of Samuel Beckett and Science, of which the Trinity College presentation of ‘Samuel Beckett and Physics’ is part.


Anthony Uhlmann

Anthony Uhlmann is the author of two books on Samuel Beckett: Beckett and Poststructuralism (Cambridge UP, 1999) and Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (Cambridge UP, 2006), both of which consider the manner in which Beckett engages with philosophy. He is co-editor with Martin Wilson and Han van Ruler of Arnold Geulincx’s Ethics with Samuel Beckett’s Notes (Brill, 2006) and was the chief editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies from 2008–2013. His most recent work on Beckett is Beckett in Context (as editor, Cambridge UP, 2013). His most recent monograph is Thinking in Literature: Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov. He is currently working on two projects: one on the novels of J. M. Coetzee, and another on Spinoza and literary theory. He is the Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.


Laura Salisbury

Laura Salisbury is Senior Lecturer in Medicine and English Literature at the University of Exeter. She is the author of Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Neurology and Modernity: A Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800-1950 (Palgrave, 2010) and Kittler Now (Polity, 2014). She is currently writing a study of the relationship between modernism, modernity, and neurological theories of language entitled Aphasic Modernism: A Revolution of the Word. In 2011-12, she was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded Beckett and Brain Science Project.


Lois More Overbeck

Lois More Overbeck is a Research Associate of The Laney Graduate School, Emory University and is Managing Editor of The Letters of Samuel BeckettThe Letters of Samuel Beckett  1929–1940 was awarded the MLA’s Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of letters in 2012. She edited The Beckett Circle (1984–1989); edited with Paul Jackson, Intersecting Margins: The Theatre of Adrienne Kennedy (1992). With Breton Mitchell, she edited Word and Image: Samuel Beckett and the Visual Text (1999) which was recognised with the Leab exhibition award presented by the American Library Association (2001). She has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships. She has published widely on Beckett and modern drama. Lois also served as a consultant to the Beckett Festival of Radio Plays; project director of Beckett/ Atlanta (1987); and a consultant to ‘Fathoms from Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centennial Exhibition’ (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas-Austin, 2005–2006); director of The Year of Beckett — 2006, Atlanta.




Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe has published seven poetry collections with The Gallery Press, most recently, Selected Poems (2012) as well as several collections of essays including The Proper Word: Collected Criticism (Fordham University Press, 2007). Recent essays have been included in Oona Frawley (ed.) Memory Ireland: The Famine and the Troubles (Syracuse University Press, 2014); Susan Scriebman (ed.) The Life and Times of Thomas MacGreevy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) and Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012). He is currently completing Of War and War’s Alarms: Conflict in Modern Irish Writing. He is a Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.





Elizabeth Barry

Elizabeth Barry is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Warwick. She has published widely on Beckett’s work, including a monograph, Beckett and Authority: The Uses of Cliché (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and she edited a special issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies (‘Beckett, Language and the Mind’) in 2008. Her current work is on the links between modernist literature and theatre, psychopathology and ageing, and she was recently awarded a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Exploratory Award for a project entitled ‘Beckett and Brain Science’. She is editing a special issue of Journal of Medical Humanities on Beckett and the brain, and writing a monograph on modernism and ageing.




Jim Mays

Jim Mays is Professor Emeritus of English and American Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is editor of the Poetical Works volumes in The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and has written on and edited a variety of modern, mainly Irish authors.



Barry McGovern

Barry McGovern is a former member of the RTÉ Players and the Abbey Theatre Company. He has worked in theatre, film, radio and television, as well as written music for many shows, and co-written two musicals and directed plays and operas. He is known internationally for his award-winning one-man Beckett shows I’ll Go On and Watt which the Gate Theatre presented at the 1985 and 2010 Dublin Theatre Festival respectively.