Billy Gray is an Associate Professor in English Literature at Dalarna University, Sweden where he is coordinator of the MA programme in Irish Studies. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the influence of Sufism on the work of Doris Lessing and has published articles on diverse Irish writers such as Gary Mitchell, Joseph O’Neill, Patrick McCabe, Chris Arthur, Hubert Butler and Eoin McNamee in international peer-review journals such as New Hibernian ReviewThe Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and Etudes Irlandaises, and has also published articles on other writers such as Jenny Diski and J.M. Coetzee. He is one of the two general editors for the Nordic Irish Studies (NIS) journal and is currently participating in a research project on literary representations of ageing.