Dr Jennifer Orr is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Newcastle University. 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. This research is currently under consideration for publication by Palgrave Macmillan in a monograph titled Irish Dissenting Romanticism. She has taught English Literature at the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow and Newcastle from Medieval to modern poetry. At Newcastle she is beginning research into northern working-class poetry associated particularly with the North East industrial landscape. Her recent publications include studies of United Irish poetry, the contemporary and critical reception of Scottish and Irish literature and culture, romantic poetic circles and their historical context in Britain and Ireland during the 'long' eighteenth century. She is the editor of 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.