Literature and Ireland’s Trees, an IRC New Foundations funded research network led by Stephen O’Neill, in partnership with Crann: Trees for Ireland, invites you to “Texts and Trees: Forays into Ireland’s Arboreal Cultures”, a conversation with Dr Anna Pilz and Dr Brandon Yen.
Our speakers will talk about their research on Ireland’s interconnected literary and arboreal cultures and consider approaches to the tree in writing and painting.
This event is free and open to the public.
Anna Pilz is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh (2020–22). To date, she has published in the field of Irish Studies, with a particular specialism in women’s writing, cultural and literary history, as well as on the intersection between literature and environmental history. She is co-author of 'Trees, Big House Cultures, and the Irish Literary Revival' (New Hibernia Review, 2015) and has a chapter on 'Narratives of Arboreal Landscapes' in Malcolm Sen's A History of Irish Literature and the Environment (Cambridge UP, 2022). Her first monograph on narratives of trees and woodlands in Irish writing is contracted by Liverpool University Press.
Brandon C. Yen is an independent writer, artist, and translator based in Essex. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge and worked as an IRC postdoctoral fellow at University College Cork from 2017 to 2019. He is the author of ‘The Excursion’ and Wordsworth’s Iconography (Liverpool University Press, 2018) and co-author of Versed in Living Nature: Wordsworth’s Trees (Reaktion Books, 2022). He has written on the political iconography of trees in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Ireland and Britain and is currently researching the meaning of trees in ancient Chinese culture.