Dr Jennifer Orr is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she read English Language and Literature. She completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Glasgow which revises the life and works of the Irish poet Samuel Thomson (1766-1816) and his early romantic period circle of fellow poets and intellectuals. At the University of Glasgow she taught the Level 2 Scottish Literature course covering medieval and early modern literature. Her recent publications include studies of United Irish poetry, the contemporary and critical reception of Robert Burns, Ulster literature and culture, romantic poetic circles and their historical context in Britain and Ireland during the 'long' eighteenth century. She is the editor of the forthcoming Four Courts publication 'Fostering an Irish Writer's Circle: the correspondence of Samuel Thomson (1766-1816)' which is the first collected edition of the letters of Thomson and his circle.