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Ciaran Carson

b. 1948

Ciaran Carson (b. 1948) is the author of nine books of poetry and four prose works, and the winner of several awards including the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the...

Leontia Flynn

b. 1974

Leontia Flynn was lauded by Fran Brearton as: "one of the most strikingly original and exciting poetic voices to have emerged from Northern Ireland since [Paul] Muldoon". She was born in County Down...

Nick Laird

b. 1975

Combining edgy vernacular and blunt reportage with a delicate lyricism, Nick Laird’s poems delight, surprise and unnerve. Often concerned with the lingering sectarian violence of Northern Ireland’s...

Michael Longley

b. 1939

Michael Longley (b.1939, Belfast) is a central figure in contemporary Irish poetry. A forceful figure within the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, where he founded the literary programme, he is one...

Louis MacNeice

b. 1907 d. 1963

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) was a friend and contemporary of W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender at Oxford and his poetry has often been linked to their own. Whilst sharing certain characteristics with...

Sinéad Morrissey

b. 1972

Sinéad Morrissey is the author of five collections of poetry, the last four of which have been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Award. Her most recent, Parallax, won the coveted prize in 2013. Her ...

Tom Paulin

b. 1949

Tom Paulin (b. 1949) is a poet, essayist, editor and lecturer, and a regular panellist on the BBC's Newsnight Review. He won the Somerset Maugham award for his first Faber collection, A State of...