London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Tony Murray


Irish Studies Centre

BA (Hons) Irish Studies with History (University of North London, 1992),
MA Cultural Studies: History and Theory (University of East London, 1995)
PhD (Staffordshire University, 2009)

Background and Career
Research Interests and Activities

Contact Details

Room TM1-63
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Tel: 020 7133 2593

Background and Career

Tony graduated in Irish Studies in 1992 and, after running an Irish community bookshop and literary festival for a number of years, joined the Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University where he supported its research on the Irish in Britain and organised the annual Public Lecture Series.  He is now responsible for the Archive of the Irish in Britain, a unique collection of documents, audio and video recordings, books, photographs and ephemera cataloguing the history of the Irish in Britain from the late 19th century to the present day.  He curated the exhibition When Did you Come Over? The History of the Irish in Britain in 2000 and co-produced a documentary film about the experiences of elderly Irish people in London entitled I Only Came Over for a Couple of Years... (2005).  He has taught Irish Studies and English Literature for many years, runs the Irish in Britain Seminar Series and has run the annual Irish Writers in London Summer School since its inception in 1996.


Research Interests and Activities

Tony's research is in literary and cultural representations of the Irish diaspora with a particular focus on the Irish in Britain.  He is especially interested in the role of narrative in the construction and mediation of migrant identities.  He also runs the annual Irish in Britain Seminar Series, is a member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature and is regularly interviewed on British and Irish radio.


 London Irish Fictions: Narrative Diaspora and Identity (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press)

Journal Articles

'Winifred M. Patton and the Irish Revival in London' in Irish Studies Review (forthcoming Spring 2014)

'Edna O'Brien and Narrative Diaspora Space' in Irish Studies Review 21:1 (2013)

 ‘A Diasporic Vernacular?: The Narrativization of Identity in Second Generation Irish Memoir’ in Irish Review, 44, Winter 2011

‘Curious Streets: Diaspora, Displacement and Transgression in Desmond Hogan’s London Irish Narratives’ in Irish Studies Review, 14:2, 2006: 239-53

Chapters in Edited Books

'Troubled Tales: Fictional Portrayals of the Irish in London in the 1970s' in Tom Herron (ed) Irish Writing London - Volume 2: Post-War to the Present (London: Continuum, 2013)

‘Navvy Narratives: Interactions between Fictional and Autobiographical Accounts of Irish Construction Workers in Britain’ in Liam Harte, Yvonne Whelan and Patrick Crotty (eds.)
Ireland: Space, Text, Time (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2005)

Selected Conference Presentations

Diasporic Networks in Fin de Siècle Irish London: The Case of Winifred Patton’ at Irish London: Print, Politics and Performance in the Long Nineteenth Century, University of Notre Dame, London, September, 2009

 ‘Discourses of Diaspora and Identity in the Novels of John McGahern’ at Postcolonial Islands: Geographic, Theoretical and Human, Queen’s University, Belfast, September 2007

‘“Strange, Thwarted, Sacrificial Women”: Edna O’Brien’s Migrant Heroines’ at Ireland – A Global Village? International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, Charles University, Prague, July 2005

‘Escapes and Disappointments: Fictional Accounts of Irish Women in London’ at Meeting of Minds: Comparing Migrants Experiences across Ethnic Groups, London, November  2003

‘Disseminating an Archive on the Irish in Britain’ at The Irish Diaspora: Writing, Research, Comparing, University of North London, November 2000

PhD Supervision:
Michael Hughes - The Countenance Divine (Novel) 



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