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Research overview

Sadbh Kellett (She/her/Sí/í) is a third-year PhD student at the School of English where she is supervised by Dr. Peter Mackay and Dr. Christina Alt. Kellett's doctoral research centres around an examination of how Gaelic mythology is used in modern Irish and Scottish literature as a tool for nation-building. She is particularly interested in reviving female voices, as well as considering literatures in the Irish and Scots-Gaelic languages. Aside from her PhD research, Kellett's academic interests vary from Celtic Studies to the wider relationship between mythology and literature; her MLitt dissertation considered the use of mythology in the poetry of the First World War poet Geoffrey Bache Smith. She is also interested in Medievalism, Irish literature more broadly, fantasy literature, ecocriticism, and film studies.


Previously, Kellett studied for a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, followed by the MLitt in Modern & Contemporary Literature & Culture at the University of St. Andrews during which she earned a place on the Dean’s List. Kellett is a recipient of the Professor A F Falconer Memorial Fund. She has also been a recipient of Meath County Council's Professional Artist Development Fund as well as the Irish Arts Council's Agility Award for work on her debut novel Hunt the Hare. 


Alongside her academic work, Kellett is a writer whose poetry and prose have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, and appeared at festivals in Ireland. Recently, her novel Hunt the Hare shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction's Discoveries Award 2022. Kellett is represented by Sabhbh Curran at Curtis Brown.

Publication Credits


"Brigid of the Forge." Culture Night 2021, (2021). Visual event and project.

"Meath." Winner of Boyne Berries' Poetry Day Ireland competition. (2021). 

"Draíocht" in Out of Orbit Theatre Festival, (2021). Visual project. 

"Albero Di Limone." Sonder, (2021). Prose. 

"Chryseis." Poems from Pandemia, ed. by Patrick Cotter, (2020). Poem. 

“Arcturus Rex Quandamque Futurus”: Searching for Avalon in Great War Britain in Geoffrey Bache Smith’s A Spring Harvest (1918)." Year Without Summer, (2020). Conference.

“Reconnecting with Coill Beag.” Strange Times, (2020). Poem. 

“Afterlife,” “Car Troubles.” Aloe, (2020). Poem. 

“Deirdre.” Paper Lanterns, Issue 2, (2020). Prose. 

“Brigid and the Bard.” Silver Apples, No. 13, (2020). Prose. 

“Fragment C-19.” Boyne Berries, No. 28, (2020). Poem. 

“Niamh Cinn-Óir.” Sonder, Issue 1, (2019). Prose. 

As well as earlier prose and poetry in journals such as The Attic and Nemesis

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