The Beckett at Reading Postgraduate & Early-Career Group (BARP) is an active, vibrant and supportive community of postgraduate and early-career Beckett scholars based at the University of Reading. It is an integral part of the Centre's activities and research initiatives, with members of the group organising conferences, seminars, and discussion groups, as well as regular informal meet-ups, to which visiting postgraduates and early career researchers are warmly welcome.

The Beckett Forum

BARP also runs the Beckett Forum, a working group for researchers to discuss, present and share their work in a collegiate environment. The Forum meets regularly at the University of Reading and welcomes scholars visiting the University and those using the archive at MERL. Scholars nearing the end of their PhDs are given the opportunity to present larger aspects of their theses to help prepare for their examination presentations and/or defence.

For more information about the group, and to arrange to attend a meeting, please visit the BARP website. For more regular announcements and online discussions, you can also visit the group's Facebook page.

Conferences and Publications

BARP has organised three successful international conferences. The conferences, 'Beckett and Europe' (2015), 'Beckett and Politics' (2016) and 'Beckett and Italy' (2019), foreground some of the Centre's recent research focuses. They have resulted in two publications, edited by former PhD students:

Social media

You can find out more about us and contact us via our social media platforms:


BARP is currently administered by: