Professor Roy Foster (Oxford)

Roy Foster was born and educated in Ireland; he has been professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College London, and since 1991, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College.  He is the author of many books on the political, social, cultural and literary history of Ireland, including Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), Paddy and Mr Punch (1993), The Irish Story (2001), and Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change c 1970-2000 (2006). He has also written the two-volume authorized biography of W.B.Yeats, The Apprentice Mage (1997) and The Arch-Poet (2003). His most recent book is Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2011), based on his 2009 Clark Lectures at Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy,  an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Ireland and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen, Queen’s University Belfast, the National University of Ireland, Trinity College, Dublin, and Queen’s University, Ontario, as well as an honorary fellowship of Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a well-known cultural commentator and critic.