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Launch of New India Inclusive Research Network

                             A network for researchers working to promote greater inclusion of children                               from Marginalised groups has been established and will have an official
                             launch on Septenber 22nd. This group will provide mentoring to new 
                             researchers, provide a seminar series and other training opportunities,
                             plan new research activity and future conferences.


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                 Bloomsday 16th June 2021

Following a frustrating 18 months during which gatherings were not possible, it was a pleasure to celebrate Bloomsday and to enjoy readings to celebrate James Joyce and more particularly his great novel Ulysses at the graveside of his daughter Lucia Anna Joyce in Kingsthorpe Cemetery . Gerry Molumby from Triskellion Irish Theatre Company read an excerpt from Ulysses while playwright and poet James Vollmer and Irish performer Deirdre O'Byrne read sections from "Letters to Lucia". Richard read an extract from Carol Loeb Shloss' biography of Lucia describing her performance at a dance competition in Paris. Peter Mulligan presented a brief history of Lucia and the Irish diaspora in Northampton. Others in attendance included Sean Cannon from the Dubliners and Paddy Kelly, singer and brother of the late Luke Kelly. The event was filmed by a production team from The Irish in the UK TV Show for broadcast during the coming month. Reporters from the Irish Post and The Irish World were also in attendance.

Next year, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, and in commemoration of 40 years since the death of Lucia, a full performance of "Letters to Lucia" by Richard Rose and James Vollmer is scheduled for Bloomsday in Northampton.

The event was covered by The Irish in the UK TV Show and broadcast on 1st July 2021. The programme can be watched on this link. Bloomsday Northampton it follows the inevitable advertisments!


Reports from The Irish World and Irish Post Newspapers can be read below

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                     Situational Analysis: Provision for
                     Persons with Autism in Cambodia

                                                                             June 2021

Working with colleagues from the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Phnom Penh, Richard has secured a grant from Access Australia, to conduct research and provide a situational analysis of provision for pwersons with autism in Cambodia. This work will inform the future development of provision and a final report will be  will issued in November 2021. The research team includes colleagues with whom Richard worked on his visits to Cambodia in 2019 and 2020

                          Presentation at Sarvodaya  Event 2021
(10th-12th Feb.)

Richard recently gave a presentation to Gandhian activists and academic colleagues at the annual Sarvodaya (Well-Being of All) Event in Tamil Nadu India. This presentation was focused upon the global challenges to disadvantaged families as a result of the Global Covid-19 Pandemic. In the presentation he considered the widening gulf between rich and poor highlighted by the pandemic and the need for further action to address the challenges faced by those who live on the margins of society. A report of Richard's presentation was published in Sarvodaya Talisman the bi-monthly Gandhian magazine.

New Research Book Published

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Establishing Pathways to Inclusion, written by Richard Rose and Michael Shevlin was published on 1st February by Routledge.

This text describes the process and research model developed for Project IRIS (Inclusive Research in Irish Schools) funded by the National Council for Special Education in Ireland. The book reports on findings related to the experiences and outcomes of educational provision for children with special educational needs and their families and the professionals who work with them.

The book contains and extensive review of Irish and international literature and is intended to be of use to other researchers, teachers, policy makers and activists working in the field of inclusive education

The links above will take you to relevant websites

A Sense of Place

New collection of poetry published

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December 8th 2020

A Sense of Place, a collection of more than 50 poems written by Richard Rose and inspired by his travels and working in the UK, Europe and Asia has been published by Cyberwit. The poems written over several years include some published earlier in literary magazines in several countries and others published for the first time in this volume. Copies can be obtained through bookstore, directly from the publisher or via Amazon in UK, India and USA.

Inclusion Podcast goes Live
December 4th 2020

“There is a clear correlation between poverty and difficulties with learning and gaining access to learning”

          Richard Rose - Inclusion Podcast

The series of inclusion podcasts reported below have now gone live and are freely accessible.  The interview with Richard can be heard by clicking on this link


Black Bamboo Anthology
December 2nd 2020

A new anthology of Haiku, "Black Bamboo," edited by the American poet Kevin McLaughlin and featuring four Haiku from Richard Rose has just been published. This comprises a selection of Haiku published in the literary magazine "Better then Starbucks" between 2016 and 2020.


New International Podcast Series Launched

November 17th 2020


A series of podcasts produced by Dr Joanne Banks featuring interviews with researchers working in the field of inclusive education will be launched on November 26th 2020 at 16.00 Irish Time.

In this series Joanne discusses the current situation for marginalised and excluded people in an international context, with her interviewees drawing upon their personal and professional experiences and expertise.

The podcast will be available on  Apple Podcasts, CastBox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iHeart, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn. It will be free for all to access.

The schedule for these is as follows:

  1. Episode 1 Thursday 26th November 2020 Professor Julie Allan, University of Birmingham

  2. Episode 2 Thursday 3rd December 2020 Professor Richard Rose, University of Northampton

  3. Episode 3 Thursday 10th December 2020 Professor Sheila Riddell, University of Edinburgh

  4. Episode 4 Thursday 17th December 2020 Professor Jayanthi Narayan, University of Northampton

  5. Episode 5 Thursday 7th January 2021 Dr Frederic Fovet, Royal Roads University

  6. Episode 6 Thursday 14th January 2021 Professor Michael Shevlin, Trinity College Dublin

  7. Episode 7 Thursday 21st January 2021 Dr Kate de Bruin, Monash University

  8. Episode 8 Thursday 28th January 2021 Professor Garry Hornby, University of Plymouth

  9. Episode 9  Thursday 4th February 2021 Professor Lani Florian, University of Edinburgh

  10. Episode 10 Thursday 11th February 2021 Professor Mel Ainscow, University of Glasgow and University of Manchester

  11. Episode 11 Thursday 18th February 2021 Professor Brahm Norwich, University of Exeter

  12. Episode 12 Thursday 25th February 2021 TBC

Play by Richard Rose and James Vollmar Published

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The text of Letters to Lucia, the play written by Richard Rose and James Vollmar, and originally performed on Bloomsday 2018 at the graveside of Lucia Anna Joyce has been published by Triskellion Publications. In addition to the play, there are notes on its production written by James Vollmar, a history of its origins by Richard Rose, and interview conducted by Richard with Sheila George, who was an occupational therapist who worked with and knew Lucia well, and an introduction by the well known Irish Joyce scholar Senator David Norris.

The book also contains several photographs from the original production.

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Review from the Irish Post


BLOOMSDAY is celebrated each June 16 in cities across the world. But the setting of the Northampton event in Kingsthorpe Cemetery beside the grave of Lucia is unique. The location grants a special atmosphere to the performance — with the mournful sound of the uilleann pipes carrying on the breeze, the actors in period costume, and the graveside almost appearing ethereal, the stage is set for a memorable and moving production Letters to Lucia includes the characters: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett — who in real life acted as Joyce’s amanuensis as well as, allegedly, Lucia’s lover, Mrs Nora Joyce (Nora Barnacle), Miss Kathleen Neel – an American born dancer who was Lucia’s friend in Paris, and Mr Frank Budgen – a self-taught artist and friend of Joyce.


Acting as narrator in the play, Budgen teases out facts we already know, but with a wry, entertaining spirit — and in an echo of Joyce’s work, with a background of surreal circumstance. His exchange with Joyce, early in the play,  is typical:

BUDGEN [to the audience]: ‘He was at the time working on a long, complex, stylistically innovative novel which, in the unlikely event of it ever being published, was to be entitled Ulysses . The action apparently took place over one day in Dublin in 1904. June 16th. Today. ‘Joyce looked pleased with himself.’ ‘You’ve had a good day’s writing?,’ I enquired. ‘Excellent,’ he said. ‘Two sentences.’ I made every effort to share his enthusiasm. ‘Two sentences. Grand! You were obviously having some trouble finding the right words.’ ‘Oh no,’ said Joyce. ‘I always had the right words. It was putting them in the right order that was the problem.’ (Pause) ‘Now, this is neither the time nor place to speculate as to whether Joyce actually wrote that famous sketch in the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show of 1971 in which Eric Morecambe made the same observation to André Previn about his piano playing. As far as I know that was the work of Eddie Braben, but I died earlier in 1971, so I missed it anyway.’Humour is evident throughout. Budgen at one point announces: “I can’t believe we’re still waiting for Beckett.” An exchange between the pair then takes place:

BUDGEN: ‘Ah! Beckett we’ve been waiting for you. We’ve gone home. That’s why we’re still here.’

BECKETT: ‘Very funny.’

BUDGEN: ‘If you need somewhere to stay tonight there’s a nice dustbin over there for you.’

BECKETT: ‘The humour just keeps on coming.’

BUDGEN: ‘Did you call in at the County Cricket Ground on your way up here?’

There is little new information in the play, such as the above allusion to Beckett being a cricket player of international stature, but characters are brought back to life in a new alignment. It’s funny, thought provoking, erudite and entertaining, in equal measure. But above all it is poignant — the outline of Lucia’s tragic life is laid bare, alongside her illustrious father’s attempts to cope with it.

Capacity Building of  Young Talent in Trans-disciplinary Research for a Sustainable Development of Society
July 8th 2020

The Center for Research & Development, Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli in India are convening a 6 day webinar from 13th - 18th July to build capacity for researchers within the country. Richard will present a session titled "Researching Vulnerable Lives; Conducting Research Respectfully" at 11.00 (IST) for one hour on Thursday 16th July. Other speakers at this event include DR. Sanjeeva Kumar Singh, Professor in Bioinformatics, Alagappa University, DR. Nirmala Arul Rayan, Genome Institute of Singapore and DR. Parul Kumar, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Management Studies.

Developing a Commonwealth Guide to Mainstreaming Disability in Educational Policies and Systems

Richard is currently working on a project for the Commonwealth Office to produce case studies and issue guidance related to the current situation for children and students in education who have disabilities across the Commonwealth States. This is a largely desk based research process that will build upon previous work undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

May 7th 2020

"Open Up Your Thinking"

Project for New Researchers in Commonwealth Countries

During June and July as part of the Commonwealth Researchers in Pursuit endeavour groups of new researchers are being supported to develop their skills and pursue investigations related to the current Covid-19 Pandemic. New researchers are addressing specific themes under the leadership of more experienced researchers. Richard is leading a group of ten researchers from across Commonwealth States working on the theme: Access and Inclusivity in Education: Addressing the Barriers for the most Disadvantaged and Marginalised in Times of Pandemic. It is anticipated that the researchers will produce a discussion document on this issue later this summer and possibly present their findings at a conference in 2021

Working in Cambodia March 2020

March 23rd 2020


During recent weeks Richard has been working with colleagues from Caritas Cambodia on a project to promote social inclusion. This has involved a number of training workshops in Phnom Penh and also field work to collect data from families who have a child with disability, and schools in villages in Kampong Cham District. This was an initial phase of developing new support networks for families in village communities and also to develop awareness and generate professional development for teachers and other professionals working with families in these areas in an initiative led by Dr Bhoomikumar Jegannathan.

As part of this process Caritas produced a newsletter highlighting issues related to social awareness that can be accessed here:




Members of the Caritas field work team with staff and children from a village school

Village in Kampong Cham District during field work visit

It is anticipated that a follow-up visit to Cambodia will be made once the Covid-19 pandemic has receded in order to commence the development and delivery of a model of support within the communities visited thus far.

A workshop conducted in Phnom Penh involved critical workers from health, education and social welfare in drawing together priorities to inform a development plan which will assist in the establishment of an effective support model. A main feature of the field work was to enable parents and village workers to have a say in what they wanted to happen and to enable greater understanding of the ways in which future support can be provided.

In May 2020 two poems based upon Richard's experiences in Cambodia were published in the South East Asia Literary Magazine Anak Sastra. A link can be found on the non-academic writing page

Research Field Work in Telangana, India

February  8th 2020

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At the end of January and in early February Richard worked with a team of researchers and interpreters collecting data in villages in rural Telangana State, India. The work involved interviews with parents of children with disabilities, and professionals, including therapists and teachers who support families. The field work was part of the project to investigate the lives of families who have a child with disability, which aims to understand their lives and make recommendations for changes to support provision to improve their access to services and education. During the visit observations were made in a number of rehabilitation centres, schools and other facilities currently offering support to families.

The photograph shows the research team and interpreters at their accommodation in Mahabubnagar.

The team is currently working on transcription, translation and analysis of data and will reassemble in Hyderabad in September 2020.

During this visit Richard also presented a workshop on qualitative research methods at Hyderabad Central University.

A paper based upon aspects of this research project has recently been published and can be viewed at the hyperlink below: 

Rose, R., Narayan, J., Matam, S, & Reddy Sambram, P. (2021) A Comparison of Provision and Access to Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in a Metropolitan City and a Rural District in Telangana State, India. Educational Sciences 11 (3) educsci11030111