Heather Laird is a lecturer in English at University College Cork. She is the author of a number of scholarly publications, including Subversive Law in Ireland, 1879-1920 (2005) and Commemoration (2018). She is an editor of Síreacht: Longings for another Ireland, a series of short, topical and provocative texts that critique received wisdom and explore the potential of ideas commonly dismissed as utopian. She co-coordinates UCC’s MA Irish Writing and Film, and is an avid reader of contemporary Irish fiction.