Dr Aisling Byrne specialises in medieval literature. Her first book was entitled Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature and she developed a final-year module, Medieval Otherworlds, based on her research.
"I was sixteen when I first encountered medieval literature. I had read The Lord of the Rings and my interest in Tolkien led me to the Old and Middle English writings that he studied in his academic career. I can trace my interest in all things medieval to that discovery."