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Department of English Studies

Current and Recent Research Students

Mrs Naomi Marklew, Research postgraduate

Shelving Assistant in the Library
Librarian of Van Mildert College

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After studying English at the University of Bristol, I received my MA in Poetry Studies from Durham in 2008, and subsequently began researching for my PhD thesis under the supervision of Stephen Regan and Gareth Reeves. My research concentrates on the poetry of a group of contemporary Northern Irish poets, and aims to trace the ways in which they develop the genre of elegy as they write about the political situation known as the Troubles. I have written an article on Michael Longley, published in the department's Postgraduate English journal, and have given a paper on Seamus Heaney to the 'Inventions of the Text' seminar group. I have also presented a paper on Northern Irish Political Elegy at the Politics of Irish Writing Postgraduate Conference held at Charles University, Prague in September 2009, which is due to be published in a collection of conference proceedings in early 2010. Having presented my work at Durham's interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, 'Afterlives', in 2009, I am currently co-editing the proceedings of this conference for a special edition of the university's Kaleidoscope journal