What I Do

Carol TaaffeI’m a lecturer, writer and content designer. After a PhD, a post-doctoral fellowship and ten years teaching literature in universities, I recently re-trained in digital media. What first drew me to the digital world was its potential for innovative storytelling, particularly in exhibition design.

I’ve designed education resources for the Abbey Theatre and created third-level courses for DCU, Trinity College Dublin, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Boston University and DBS. I’ve also delivered lectures to cultural tourists, organised academic conferences in TCD, and contributed to arts programmes broadcast by RTÉ, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk and Dublin City FM.

The common thread in my work is storytelling – whether that means designing a workshop, writing a long-form essay or creating a VR scene. Whatever the brief, you need a narrative to hang it all together. I’m particularly interested in the challenges of multimedia storytelling, and that drove my recent VR project for TCD’s M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media.

Ireland Through the Looking-GlassI’m the author of Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen and Irish Cultural Debate (Cork UP, 2008) and I’ve published articles on Flann O’Brien and modernism in Problems with Authority (Cork UP, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (OUP, 2010), ‘Is It About a Bicycle?’: Flann O’Brien in the Twenty-First Century (Four Courts, 2011), Frank O’Connor: Critical Essays (Four Courts, 2007), Irish University Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. I’ve also co-edited Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics (Peter Lang, 2010). I regularly contribute essays and book reviews to The Dublin Review and The Dublin Review of Books, one of which is reproduced in Space to Think (DRB, 2016).

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