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           Paul (b.%(-") is an English writer who   Luke, from Keadue, Co. Roscommon,
           lives in the west of Ireland. His non!ction   has taught as Professor of Irish Studies
           works address macro-themes (environ-  at May nooth University, Ireland, and
           mentalism, globalisation, and the chal-  at the University of Notre Dame, USA.
           lenges posed by civilisation-level trends)   His new book, James Joyce and the Irish
           and his !ction tends to be mythological   Revolution: The Easter Rising as Modern
           and multilayered. He edited Cherwell    Event (University of Chicago Press, "'"&),
           at Oxford University (where he studied   was published in May. He has written
           modern history). He has contributed to   widely on Irish culture and criticism and
           The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily   other recent publications include Joyce’s
           Telegraph, Daily Express, Le Monde,  New   Ghosts: Ireland, Modernism and Memory
           Statesman, London Review of Books,   (University of Chicago Press, "'%,);
           Granta, The Ecologist, New Internationalist,    (co-editor) Charles O’Conor: Life and
           The Big Issue, Adbusters, BBC Radio 4,  BBC   Works (Dublin: Four Courts Press, "'%,);
           Radio 2, BBC Four, ITV, and Resonance FM.   and Limits of the Visible: Representing the
           His !rst collection of poetry, Kidland and   Irish Great Famine (Quinnipiac Univer-
           other poems, appeared in 2011and Songs   sity/Cork University Press, "'%&). His
           From The Blue River followed in 2018   ‘Roscom mon in Literature, %+''–"''',’
           (both published by Salmon). His !rst   was published in Roscommon; History
           novel, The Wake, (Unbound, 2014) was   and Society (Geography Publications,
           longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and   "'%*), and he gave the inaugural John
           the Folio Prize, shortlisted for the Gold-  McGahern Lecture at the Iron Mountain
           smiths Prize, and won the Gordon Burn   Festival, Carrick-on-Shannon, "'%(.
           Prize. His second novel, Beast, (2016,
           Faber & Faber) was shortlisted for the
           Encore Award for the Best Second Novel
           in 2017, and his third novel, Alexandria,
           was published by Faber & Faber, 2021.

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