A TRALEE PHD student, who is writing her literature thesis under the guidance of renowned comic fantasy author Terry Pratchett, has been awarded a major academic prize at Trinity College.
Muireann O'Sullivan from Caherslee, who is currently in the third year of her PHD on surrealism in modern literature at Trinity, was recently awarded with the prestigious Postgraduate Teaching Award by the college.
The award is the latest success for Muireann who has already had some of her work published in a recent book on world famous playwright, author and comic book writer Grant Morrison.
At the moment the Tralee academic, the daughter of Maurice and Mary O'Sullivan, is busy putting finishing touches on her doctoral thesis, "Life, the Universe and Everything" is a study of surrealism in modern English literature, which she is being guided through by one of the world's most famous surrealist comic writers Terry Pratchett the author of the phenomenally popular Discworld novels.
Muireann says working with Pratchett is an incredible and rewarding experience, though she says it can sometimes be a little difficult to track down her mentor who is as likely to be tracking gorillas in Borneo as relaxing at his home in Buckinghamshire.
"He's great and he's really insightful. I've really enjoyed working with him," said Muireann.
"We're constantly in contact by email and he comes over to Trinity regularly. He's really a brilliant man but what's so good is that he knows and is friendly with many of the authors I'm actually writing about which provides great opportunities."