Dr Feargal Whelan

Feargal Whelan holds a BA (Hons), an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama and a PhD from UCD. He was awarded a doctorate in 2014 following a thesis entitled Samuel Beckett and the Irish Protestant Imagination. He co-organised the annual ‘Samuel Beckett and the ‘State’ of Ireland’ conference which was held annually at the UCD Humanities Institute 2011 to 2013, and is currently co-editing the proceedings for publication by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2016. He has contributed to many international conferences over the years, most notably the MLA Convention in Vancouver in 2015. His work has been published in Journal of Beckett Studies and New Theatre Quarterly, and he has contributed a chapter to Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland (London: Bloosmbury, 2016). He is a faculty member of The Samuel Beckett Summer School in TCD for 2016, having been employed by the school since 2013, and has recently been appointed editor of The Beckett Circle, the journal of the International Samuel Beckett Society. He has also been invited to act as a core member of the academic panel on a funding proposal to the Dutch government for a three-year project on the Gate Theatre.