Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was the British Ambassador to the Middle East for ten years towards the close of the nineteenth century. He championed the cause of Irish independence, enduring a spell in jail for his beliefs. He was also a celebrated poet, and is work is still highly-regarded today. Mary FitzGerald is a journalist, and the first winner of the Douglas Gageby Scholarship. She has written extensively on Islam for the Irish Times, in her weekly series entitles 'Under the Crescent.'