Ruth Coon / Alison Garden

Ruth Coon is currently a Research Fellow in the School of Arts, English, and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast. Ruth is a historian of medical and oral history. Her expertise lies in modern British and Irish history: the Troubles, medicine, Irish society and culture. She particularly focuses on using oral history as a method to uncover hidden or sensitive histories. She received her PhD, which focused on the experiences of the health service during the Northern Ireland Troubles, in 2021. Her first monograph, based on her PhD research, is under contract with Liverpool University Press. She recently wrote ‘How Northern Ireland's doctors and nurses coped with the Troubles’ for RTÉ Brainstorm. You can follow Ruth on Twitter here

Alison Garden is a writer and critic based at Queen’s University Belfast. Her criticism, essays, reviews and interviews have been published in TIMEAeonAl JazeeraThe Irish TimesRTÉ and elsewhere. Her first book, The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016, was published in 2020 and she is writing her second book, a study of love during the Northern conflict. You can follow Alison on Twitter here.

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