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Emer Lyons imageContact details

Tel +64 3 479 7246

Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Emer Lyons has a creative/critical PhD in lesbian poetry and the manifestations of shame from the University of Otago. In 2021, she took up the position of Irish Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.

Her research interests are in poetry by women and queer writers, second-wave feminism, affect theory, diasporic studies, Irish studies, language extinction, queer theory, lyric theory.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Graduating 21 August): 2021, English and Linguistics Programme, School of Arts, University of Otago, Dunedin.
  • MA (Taught Masters): 2010, Sociology, University College Cork – National University of Ireland.
  • BA (Joint Honours): 2009, Sociology and Archaeology, University College Cork – National University of Ireland.


  • GEND 402 Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland
  • HIST 430 Special Topic: Commemorating Irish History
  • ENGL 220 Creative Writing: Reading for Writers
  • SOCI 102 Cultural and Social Identities


Lyons, E. (2021). Fiona and Sue interview Emer Lyons, editor of I do not cede. Quilted Bananas Radio Programme, Wellington Access Radio. Retrieved from

Lyons, E. (2022). What gets us through. The stinging fly (January). Retrieved from

Lyons, E. (2022). My mother says my poems make her sound like a right bitch. The stinging fly, 2(46). [Poetry].

Lyons, E. (2022). Three seas [Review of the books Bird collector, The sea walks into a wall and Sea-light]. Landfall Review Online, (March). Retrieved from

Lyons, E. (2021, May). Queer love: Paul McVeigh, James Hudson, Emer Lyons and Shannon Lee. West Cork Literary Festival. Retrieved from

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