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.

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Book cover for Miłosz: A Biography

Miłosz: A Biography

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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.

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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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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

Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Political Contexts for The Burial at Thebes

I am very pleased to have an essay included in a new essay collection, Seamus Heaney and the Classics, edited by Stephen Harrison, Fiona McIntosh and Helen Eastman for Oxford University Press, due out on 1 September of this year. ‘Speaking Truth to Power: Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes and the Poetry of Redress’  … Continued

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