Dr Derek Hand is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the new School of English in Dublin City University. He is interested in Irish writing in general and has published articles on W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Colum McCann, Molly Keane, Benedict Kiely, Mary Lavin, and William Trevor and on contemporary Irish fiction. He has lectured on Irish writing in the USA, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia and France. The Liffey Press published his book John Banville: Exploring Fictions in 2002. He edited a special edition of the Irish University Review on John Banville in 2006 and co-edited a special edition of the Irish University Review on Benedict Kiely in 2008. He was awarded an IRC Government of Ireland Research Fellowship for 2008-2009. His A History of the Irish Novel: 1665 to the present was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and has recently come out in paperback. He is also currently co-editing a collection of essays on John McGahern to be published by Cork University Press.