Please browse the profiles of our Associate Lecturers.
Dr Simon Thomas
Dr Simon Thomas (aka Síomón Solomon) is a Dublin-based poet, playwright, editor, translator and English lecturer. He holds inter-disciplinary academic qualifications in the Humanities, including an MA in Continental Philosophy (Warwick, 1991, with distinction) and an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry (Boston, 1994), the latter under US Scholarship with Derek Walcott, Geoffrey Hill and Rosanna Warren. His PhD thesis (London, 2008) was a trilingual work on the ‘schizopoetics’ of the early Romantic German poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843). His debút play, The Atonement of Lesley Ann, staged at Smock Alley Theatre as part of the 2020 Scene and Heard Festival, was commended by the leading Irish playwright Marina Carr as ‘a fantastic piece, lyrical and terrible and powerful all at the same time’. His first book, Hölderlin’s Poltergeists (Peter Lang, 2020), a creative adaptation of Stephan Hermlin’s 1970 audio play Scardanelli, is slated for theatrical presentation by Queen Mary, University of London in 2023. Current projects include a first collection of poems (working title My Grandfather’s Demon), the ‘pataphysical’ script A Savage God (commended by Druid Theatre Company) and a book of English versions of Georg Trakl poems, Imperfect Penances, for Infinity Land Press.
Dr Mark Kelleher
Mark Kelleher is a teacher and writer from Cork. He holds a BA in English and Psychology and an MA in Creative Writing from UCC. Mark has spent the last 5 years pursuing a PhD in DCU’s School of English and is currently editing his thesis, the focus of which is the literary crafting of human isolation using experimental techniques. In addition to being a writer of short stories and creative non-fiction, Mark has extensive experience in teaching both literature and creative writing. For three years, he was an English literature tutor in DCU. Mark regularly works as a creative writing tutor for DCU’s Age-Friendly Network, teaching diverse forms of life-writing to mature learners, and he has also facilitated creative writing courses for the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education Training Board.