Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick. She specializes in Irish literature, literary modernisms, and poetry of the long twentieth century.
Barry McGovern is an Irish actor who has had a long career in theater, film, TV and radio. He is regarded by many as one of the leading exponents of the work of Samuel Beckett. His one-man Beckett show, I’ll Go On, produced by Dublin’s Gate Theatre, has played worldwide. He has toured with the Gate productions of Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days. He has also played in Krapp’s Last Tape. Earlier this year he played Vladimir in the acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. His most recent stage appearances were as George Aaronow in Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Doug Hughes, at Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and his new Beckett one-man show Watt at the Edinburgh Festival. Films include Riders to the Sea, Joe Versus the Volcano, Billy Bathgate, Braveheart, Far and Away, The General, Journey of the Magi, and Waiting for Godot. In 1998 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Letters from Trinity College, Dublin.