Michael Parker (1949- )is an academic writer who specialises in books and essays on Irish Literature, Northern Irish History and Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, and British Writing since 1945. After years teaching English in secondary schools and a spell in Poland at the University of Lodz, he grew increasingly interested in research. Shortly before his first book was published, Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet (Macmillan/ University of Iowa Press, 1993), he moved into higher education in the UK and in 2000 became a Professor of English Literature. He was made a Fellow of the English Association in 2009, and a year later gained a substantial award from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. He spent the first four months of 2012 as a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.
He regularly gives invited lectures in Britain, Ireland, Europe and the United States. His most recent publication is William Trevor: Revaluations (Manchester UP 2013), co-edited with Paul Delaney. Currently he is at work on Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives, a comprehensive critical study of Heaney's poetry, translations, drama and criticism, due out from Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.