Dr Naomi McAreavey is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at University College, Dublin, and an expert on seventeenth-century Irish women’s writings in all their range: familiar letters, war- testimonies, nuns’ chronicles, conversion narratives, and Quaker writings. She also has long- standing interests in seventeenth-century Irish drama and the literary culture of the vice-regal court at Dublin Castle. She has published numerous essays on women’s writing and the relationship between writing and trauma, particularly on women’s accounts of the 1641 rebellion/rising, for journals including English Literary Renaissance and Early Modern Women. She will shortly complete an edition of the letters of the Duchess of Ormonde for the Renaissance English Text Society (2015), and is also developing a monograph provisionally entitled Writing War in Ireland, 1641-60. In 2012 she was awarded the UCD President’s Teaching Award for innovation in university teaching and learning.