Dr Anne Byrne is a sociologist with an enduring interest in archival research, diaries and letters, ethnography and socio-biography. Inspired by collaborative, participatory and creative practices, Anne worked with socially engaged artists on projects with early school and with histories of farming communities in the 1930s. Anne teaches, publishes and supervises research on gender, identity, family, equality, stigma and rurality. Recent publications include ‘A Passion for Books: the early letters of Nancy Nolan and Leonard Woolf 1943-1944’, in Virginia Woolf Miscellany, No 86, and ‘Single Women in Story and Society’, published in Are the Irish Different? (ed. Tom Inglis, 2015).