Michael Parker (1949- ) works as a Part-Time Tutor at Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education, contributing to their weekly classes programme, day schools and in 2016 their annual summer school. A freelance writer of academic books and essays, he specialises in Irish Literature, Northern Irish History and Literature, British Writing since 1945, and Polish poetry in translation. His first book, Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet (Macmillan 1993), appeared in 1993, three years after he moved into university teaching. In 2000 he became a Professor of English Literature, and in 2009 made a Fellow of the English Association. He has held a number of visiting posts, most recently as a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris (2012),Visiting Scholar in European Studies at Columbus State University (2015), Georgia, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University.
He regularly gives invited lectures in Britain, Ireland, Europe and the United States. Among his more recent book publications was William Trevor: Revaluations (Manchester UP 2013), co-edited with Paul Delaney. In April 2017 Harvard University Press published Andrzej Franaszek’s Miłosz: A Biography, which he edited and translated from the Polish with his wife, Aleksandra Parker; in addition he wrote the book's introduction, chronology, and added several pages on late twentieth-century Polish history to Franaszek's text. Currently he is in the process of completing a new monograph, Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives, a comprehensive critical study of Heaney's poetry, drama and translations and the contexts in which they were composed (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).