Track 1: Background as a child of missionary parents who served in China. Early years in Holywood, Co. DownTrack 2: Undergraduate days at Trinity during the 1960s. Studied English Language and LiteratureTrack 3: Joining the College societies. His study of Philosophy and Theology. Track 4: His scholarship for postgraduate research at Trinity. His teaching days in a Quaker school in Northern Ireland. The political turmoil brewing in the North at this time. Track 5: His appointment as Lecturer in English to Trinity College in 1968. Track 6: The English Department in the late 1960s and the staff there. The student disturbances of that time. Track 7: His appointment as one of the youngest College Fellows in 1976, and its implications. Devising a new curriculum for the English Department. Track 8: His experiences as a Northern Ireland Protestant in Trinity during the 1970s. Appointment in 1982 as Associate Professor. Track 9: Retirement in 2009 and a summary of his academic career.