Roy Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and the author of many books on modern Irish history and culture , including Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1989), Paddy and Mr Punch (1993), The Irish Story: telling tales and making it up in Ireland (2001), Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change, 1970-2000 (2007) and the two-volume biography of W.B.Yeats, The Apprentice Mage, 1865-1914 (1997) and The Arch Poet, 1915-1939 (2003). He has also written biographies of Charles Stewart Parnell (1977) and Lord Randolph Churchill (1981). His most recent book is Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2011), based on his 2009 Clark Lectures at Cambridge, which deals with a number of Irish writers of the nineteenth century, including Sheridan LeFanu and Bram Stoker. In 2014 he will publish The Vivid Faces: making a revolution in Ireland, c 1890-1923. He is also a well-known cultural commentator, broadcaster and critic.