José Francisco Fernández Sánchez

José Francisco Fernández Sánchez is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Almería and senior researcher of Lindisfarne Research Group (HUM 807 Literature and Culture of the English Speaking Countries). He has published widely in the field of the contemporary short story in English and was the first coordinator of the Short Story panel (2005-2009) at the annual conferences of AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for English and American Studies. His publications include the collective volumes Contemporary Debates on the Short Story (Peter Lang, 2007) and Distancias cortas. El relato breve en Gran Bretaña, Irlanda y Estados Unidos (1995-2005) (Septem, 2010). He has edited the collected stories by Margaret Drabble (Penguin, 2011), as well as her theatre plays (Syracuse University Press, 2018). Among his recent publications as editor and co-editor the following titles stand out: The New Puritan Generation (Gylphi, 2013); A Rich Field Full of Pleasant Surprises: Essays on Contemporary Literature in Honour of Prof. Socorro Suárez Lafuente (Cambridge Scholars, 2014);  The Poetics of Bilingualism in the Work of Samuel Beckett. Samuel Beckett Today/ Samuel Beckett Aujourd’hui, 30 (2018) and Samuel Beckett en España (Editorial Universidad de Valladolid, 2020).

He specializes in the work of Samuel Beckett and has translated three of his novels into Spanish: Sueño con mujeres que ni fu ni fa (Tusquets, 2011, together with Miguel Martínez-Lage); Mercier y Camier (Confluencias, 2013) and Cómo es (JPM, 2017). His translation of Beckett’s Stories and Texts for Nothing (JPM Ediciones, 2015) was awarded with the AEDEAN Translation Prize in 2016. He has also translated three individual stories by Beckett and in 2019 he published, together with Nuria Fernández-Quesada and Bernardo Santano Moreno, a critical bibliography of all Beckett’s translations in Spanish: Samuel Beckett en español: Bibliografía crítica de las traducciones de su obra (Universidad de Almería, 2019). José Francisco Fernández served as editor of Estudios Irlandeses, the journal of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI).

María Losada Friend

María Losada Friend is Senior Lecturer of English Philology in the Department of Philology and Translation at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville). Member of the Research Group Literaturas y Culturas Comparadas (HUM 766) at the University of Huelva, she participates in projects of the Ministry and the regional government (Junta de Andalucía) related to the instruction, education and narratives of English, Irish, North American women of the 18th, 19th, 20th centuries with publications in volumes such as Las mujeres y el honor en la Europa Moderna (2014), Las mujeres y las emociones en Europa y América. Siglos XVII-XIX (2016), or Pasiones en Femenino. Europe and America, 1600-1950 (2019). She has also published works on historical and literary exchanges between Spain and the United States in Transatlantic Gazes: Studies on the Historical Links Between Spain and Northamerica (2016) or North America and Spain: Transversal Perspectives (2017) and is co-editor of Dreaming the Future: New Horizons/Old Barriers in 21st Century Ireland- Irish Studies in Europe, vol.3 (2011), From Columbus to the Alhambra: Washington Irving in Spain (2014) and Words of Crisis/Crisis of Words: Ireland and the Representation of Critical Times (2016), 1616-2016: Four Centuries of Spanish-British Cultural Exchanges (2016). She has translated William Winstanley’s The Essex Champion (1694) (in press) and with Juanjo Gómez Boullosa, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Diario en España 1928-1929 (2020). Other publications study the trail of English and American women travelers in Spain such as Lady Tenison in 1853 (2020) or Jenny Ballou in 1937 (2019). She is a member of AEDEAN, AEDEI and the Spanish James Joyce Society and coordinated the “Irish Studies in Spain” section in the journal Irish Studies (2018-2020).

Verónica Membrive Pérez

Verónica Membrive completed her Ph.D. at the University of Almería (2017) on Irish travel writers in Spain during the twentieth century. She has delivered papers on Aidan Higgins, Walter Starkie, Kate O’Brien and Pearse Hutchison and their travels in Spain. She is currently teaching English at the University of Almería. Her field of research is Irish Literature, with a special focus on the relationships between Ireland and Spain. She has been awarded the International George Campbell Award for her research on Hiberno-Spanish cultural relations (University of Málaga, 2018).

Madalina Armie

Madalina Armie studied English language and literature and earned a Master Degree in the same field in 2014. In 2014 she obtained the Patricia Shaw Research Award granted by The Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Almería in 2019 on contemporary Irish literature at the turn of the twenty-first century. Currently she is teaching English at the University of Almeria.

Germán Asensio Peral

German Asensio obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s degree in English Studies at the University of Almería (Spain), both with honorary distinctions. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Almeria (2020) on Irish writer Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966), also known as Flann O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, and mid-twentieth century Irish politics in his Cruiskeen Lawn column (1940-1966). He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Almería (Department of Philology/English Division) and has published articles and delivered papers on O’Nolan’s novels, short stories, and columns.

Mar Garre García

Mar Garre García is a doctoral researcher (Gerty Cori Fellow) at the University of Almería (Department of Philology), where she combines teaching tasks with her doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett’s poetry: “Evolutive analysis of Samuel Beckett’s poetry. Towards a Definition of Beckettian poetics.” She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Almería (Spain) in 2016 and earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Granada (Spain) in 2017. Her research focuses on an evolutive definition of Beckett’s poetry finding similarities between his life, personal interests, and literary sources of inspiration. Garre Garcías’s publications include articles on Beckett’s poems in Beckettiana, Complutense Journal of English Studies, and Babel Afial, among other journals. She has recently co-edited Samuel Beckett and Translation (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) with Dr. José Francisco Fernández (Universidad de Almería).

Ángeles Jordán Soriano

Ángeles Jordán obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Almería in 2019 and earned her Master’s Degree in English Studies at the same university in 2020. In 2021 she obtained the Patricia Shaw Research Award granted by The Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies (AEDEAN) thanks to which she had a research visit at the University of Kent. As a predoctoral fellow, she is currently teaching at the University of Almería (Department of Philology) where she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation on the influence of politics in culture during the 1960s in Great Britain. Her research focuses on the artistic production during Harold Wilson’s first government (1964-1970).

Lorena Martínez Vílchez

Lorena Martínez Vílchez obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Almería in 2020, and continued her studies in the same field by earning her Master’s Degree in English Studies at the University of Almería in 2021. During the 2021-2022 academic year, she obtained the scholarship “Iniciación a la Investigación para Estudiantes de Másteres Oficiales de la Universidad de Almería del Plan Propio de Investigación y Transferencia”, thanks to which she is collaborating on the And-Mitchell Project. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Student on the field of North American literature and her research project is specifically focused on Ha Jin’s fiction, an American-Chinese author.

Una Kealy

Úna Kealy lectures in Theatre Studies and English in Waterford Institute of Technology and, in recent years, her research has focused on the work of playwright Teresa Deevy. In addition to academic publications this research takes the form of rehearsed play readings and practical workshops. Úna’s research is driven by a desire to interrogate questions of marginalization, social inclusion and exclusion and to work with colleagues in sister institutions, cultural organisations, independent theatre makers, cultural advisory bodies and policy makers to improve equality of opportunity and achievement within the Irish cultural sector. In 2016 Úna shared the WIT Teaching Excellence Award with Kate McCarthy, in 2018 she was awarded the Research Supervision Excellence Award from WIT and in 2021 she won a Teaching Hero Award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She is currently co-editing a collection of critical essays on the work of Teresa Deevy with Kate McCarthy. A full list of Úna’s publications, curated events and research dissemination is found here.

Kate McCarthy

Kate McCarthy lectures in Drama at Waterford Institute of Technology. She holds a BA (1st class hons.) in Drama and Theatre Studies and English, and an MA (1st class hons.) in Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork. She also holds Associate and Licentiate diplomas in Performance from Guildhall/Trinity College London. Her PhD research, at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, investigated the relationship between drama and theatre education, and applied theatre. In 2016 Kate was awarded the WIT Teaching Excellence Award, in 2020 she won a Teaching Hero Award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and in 2021 she was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award by Waterford Institute of Technology. Her research interests include: the arts and education, contemporary theatre practice, in particular participatory performance and live art, and the work of Waterford playwright, Teresa Deevy. As a practitioner, Kate has facilitated and devised numerous contemporary performance projects in Ireland and in the UK—ranging from youth theatre to site-responsive and street theatre to drama education projects. She is currently co-editing a collection of critical essays on the work of Teresa Deevy with Úna Kealy. Kate’s professional profile is accessible here.