The Irish Network for Gothic Studies hosted an inaugural half day symposium on Saturday, 21 January, at the Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD. The event featured keynote lectures by Jarlath Killeen (TCD) and Catherine Spooner (Lancaster), as well as a paper panel on ‘The current state of Irish gothic and horror research’, featuring presentations by Tracy Fahey (LSAD/LIT), Jack Fennell (UL), and Andrew Sneddon (UU). A wine reception to mark the 10th anniversary of The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and to launch ‘Inspiring a Mysterious Terror’: 200 Years of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (2016), edited by Jarlath Killeen and Valeria Cavalli, capped the day. 

Co-founded by Christina Morin (UL), Maria Beville (UL), Dara Downey (NUI Maynooth), Bernice Murphy (TCD), Tracy Fahey (LSAD/LIT), and Niall Gillespie (Independent), the Irish Network for Gothic Studies aims to foster the creation and development of academic, research, teaching, and creative links between scholars interested in all areas of horror and the Gothic, and based anywhere in the island of Ireland.

More information on the network and its forthcoming events can be found at