Speakers from Northern Ireland
Alister J. McReynolds
Alister J. McReynolds is the author of, Legacy, The Scots Irish in America and also of, The Ulster Scots &New England. Recently he has co-written a new Introduction to the 2012 publication, Robert Dinsmoor’s Scotch-Irish poems. In 2014 he published a follow-up to Legacy, entitled Kith and Kin: the continuing legacy of the Scotch Irish in America. Recently he co-authored a chapter in ,’The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants,’ Edited by Paul Burgess and Gareth Mulvenna. The Chapter was written with Professor John Wilson and entitled, ‘Celebration and Controversy in America: At Home with the Scots-Irish Diaspora.’ The latter book was a Palgrave Macmillan publication.
McReynolds earned his M.A. at the University of Ulster, having gained his initial Bachelor’s degree and two post-graduate Diplomas from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow with The Centre for Irish and Scottish studies at the University of Ulster.
McReynolds has spent over thirty years as a teacher in his native Province of Ulster, fourteen of those years being engaged as Principal of a Further Education College. He was awarded Honorary Membership of City and Guilds of London Institute as recognition of his contribution to Vocational Education in Northern Ireland. Currently he continues to Lecture part-time with The Open Learning Department in Queen’s University Belfast.
In the past five years McReynolds has lectured all over the States including at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Nearer to home he was the presenter of the second Ulster Scots Agency sponsored Whitelaw Reid Lecture in Belfast.
He lives with his wife Eileen and their family at Magheragall in Co. Antrim.
Dr. Frank Ferguson
Frank Ferguson is the Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies. He has over fifteen years' experience as a researcher and teacher in literary studies. He joined Ulster University in 2005 as a Research Associate at the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies and became a lecturer in 2010. Before then he had taught at Queen's University Belfast.
2002, PhD, Queen's University Belfast
1998, MA Modern Literary Studies, Pass with Distinction, Queen's University Belfast
1996, BA English Literature and Modern History,First Class Honours, Queen's University Belfast
Frank Ferguson has written and edited a number of significant texts on Ulster-Scottish literature. Awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship in 2014, his work on Ulster-Scots writing and book history has been recognised as internationally excellent.
As director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish literature he leads a number of ongoing academic and community projects, such as the Ulster-Scots Education Project and the Ulster Poetry Project.
His research interests include: Ulster and Scottish writing, literary diaspora studies, Scotch-Irish literature and culture, Irish and British book history and the study of the Romantic period ballad in Britain and Ireland.
Linde Lunney was born in county Antrim, Northern Ireland. As a teenager she lived for a year with a family and attended Norris High School in East Tennessee, and realised the importance of the story of emigration from Ireland. After graduating from the university of Edinburgh and Queen's University Belfast, she had a position as a research fellow in Queen's and then took a job with the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography. She has worked ever since on a project which has seen the publication of thousands of scholarly biographies of Irish people, many of whom were emigrants. Her research interests include genealogy, eighteenth century life in Ireland and the networks which characterise Irish society in all periods, and she has published many articles and given many presentations locally; the 1718 emigration story summarizes her research interests throughout a lifetime
Dr William Roulston has been the Research Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2006. He holds PhD in Archaeology from Queen's University Belfast. His books include Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, 1600-1800 (2005), Restoration Strabane, 1660-1714 (Dublin, 2007) and Abercorn: The Hamilton’s of Barons Court (Belfast, 2014). He is a Member of Council of both the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Helen Perry received a B SC Environmental Design 1976 and B Architecture 1978 from Sydney University. She has over 17 years of developing, delivering and managing museum services within local authorities in Northern Ireland after 4 years of working in Dublin for a local community associations on the feasibility and development of a major science and technology museum. Helen has also delivered training to museums, community, culture and heritage sectors within formal and informal learning frameworks for Northern Ireland Museums Council, Irish Museums Association, University of Ulster, Queens University, Heritage Lottery Fund etc.Her responsibilities for the last 17 years have included capital works schemes, museums’ policy, all aspects of collections management, public programming and operations of museums, community engagement and outreach, fundraising, learning and PR.
Helen has been a Board Member of Irish Museums Association and is currently Secretary of the Northern Ireland Regional Curators Group