Professor Michael Parker
Michael works primarily as a freelance writer and tutor. He has specialist interests in Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature, Twentieth Century Poetry, Postcolonial Literatures and Polish Literature in Translation, and their historical contexts.
Lectures and Affiliations
Michael Parker regularly contributes to academic and non-academic events in the UK and worldwide, delivering lectures, presentations and conference papers. He is currently employed as a Tutor by Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and in July 2016 was appointed Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.
Extract from Michael Parker’s contribution to a British Academy Public Event in December 2012, examining Czeslaw Milosz’s influence on Heaney from the early 1980s onwards. Filmed by Jude Parker.
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Seamus Heaney Aeneid Book VI Colloquium University of Geneva
It was a great experience in late May being able to attend a two-day ‘live’ colloquium on Seamus Heaney’s translation of Virgil’s Aeneid Book VI, first published in 2016. Organised by Rachel Falconer, Damien Nelis and Stephen Harrison, and hosted by the University of Geneva, it was an international gathering, bringing together classicists and Heaney … Continued
Irish Literary Society – Ciaran Carson, A Celebration
On Monday, 24 February, it was a great pleasure to contribute to an evening celebrating the work of Ciaran Carson at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London. Jointly sponsored by the ILS and Queen’s University Belfast’s Seamus Heaney Centre, the event consisted of readings and reminiscences by Liam Carson, Bernard O’Donoghue, Martina Evans, Cahal Dallat, Leontia Flynn, … Continued
A Holding Field: Seamus Heaney and Translation
The Home Place, Bellaghy: Saturday 8 February, 2:00 pm From early in his career, Seamus Heaney recognised the importance of translation in extending the reach of his work. By interacting with and promoting great writing from other cultures, he energised his own and discovered new ways of addressing the complex obligations he faced as both … Continued