WELCH, Robert. Irish, b. 1947. Genres: Novels, Poetry, Literary criticism and history. Career: University of Leeds, England, temporary lecturer, 1971- 73, lecturer, 1974-84; University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, lecturer, 1973-74; University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, professor of English, 1984-, head of Department of English, Media, and Theatre Studies, 1984-94, director of Centre for Irish Literature and Bibliography, 1994-2000, dean of Arts, 2000. St. John's College, Oxford, visiting fellow, 1989; speaker at colleges and universities worldwide. Publications: Irish Poetry from Moore to Yeats, 1980; A History of Verse Translation from the Irish, 1789-1897, 1988; Changing States: Transformations in Modern Irish Writing, 1993; Irish Myths, 1996; A History of the Abbey Theatre, 1999. POETRY: Muskerry, 1991; Secret Societies, 1997; The Blue Formica Table, 1998. NOVELS: The Kilcolman Notebook, 1994; Groundwork, 1997; Tearmann (in Irish), 1997; The Kings Are Out, 2001. EDITOR: (and contrib.) The Way Back: George Moore's The Untilled Field and The Lake, 1982; (with S.B. Bushrui) Literature and the Art of Creation: Essays in Honour of A.N. Jeffares, 1988; (and author of intro.) Irish Writers and Religion, 1991; (and author of intro. and notes) W.B. Yeats: Irish Folklore, Legend, and Myth, 1993; The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, 1996; (with G. Delanty, and co-author of intro. and notes) Patrick Galvin: New and Selected Poems, 1996. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals. Contributor to books. Address: Faculty of Arts, University of Ulster, Coleraine BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland.