The editors, Dr Kay Boardman and Professor Christine Kinealy, are colleagues in the Department of Humanities in the University of Central Lancashire. They share a mutual interest in Victorian Studies, albeit from different perspectives and disciplines. Dr Boardman is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, whose publications include the co-edited Popular Victorian Women Writers (2004). She is also co-editor of Victorian Women’s Magazines: An Anthology (2001), both published by Manchester University Press (MUP), and has written many articles on the periodical press. Professor Kinealy has published extensively on the Great Famine in Ireland, including This Great Calamity. The Irish Famine 1845-52 (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1994, re-issued with a new Introduction in 2006). She is currently completing a book on 1848 in Ireland, to be published by MUP in 2008.