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Paul Muldoon

The Times Literary Supplement described Paul Muldoon as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”  Born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Muldoon spent several years working for the…

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Philippe Jaccottet

Born in Switzerland in 1925, Philippe Jaccottet is one of the most prominent figures of the immediate post-war generation of French poets. He has lived in France since 1953, working as a translator and…

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Peter Sirr

Peter Sirr was born in Waterford in 1960 and educated at Trinity College Dublin. He lives in Dublin where, until 2003, he was Director of the Irish Writers’ Centre. He now works as a…

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Louis MacNeice

Frederick Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907. He attended Oxford, where he majored in classics and philosophy, and was part of the generation of poets that included W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender…

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Michael Hartnett

“One of the truest, most tested and beloved voices in Irish poetry in our time.” Seamus Heaney Michael Hartnett was born in Limerick in 1941 and was profoundly influenced by his Irish-speaking grandmother.  Selected and…

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Rachel Giese

Rachel Giese, (now Rachel Brown) was born in New York City in 1936, but her family moved around a good bit so she grew up “all over the country.”  She studied photography as a…

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Peter Fallon

Peter Fallon was born in Germany in 1951 and grew up in County Meath. He is an Honours Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where, in 1994, he was Writer Fellow in the English Department. At…

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Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Born in Lancastershire, England, in 1952, to Irish physicians, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill grew up in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry and Tipperary. She studied English and Irish at University College, Cork, where she…

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Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy was born in 1927 in Co. Mayo, the son of an officer in colonial service in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and later Governor of the Bahamas. He received a scholarship to Oxford, where…

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Thomas Kinsella

“Kinsella is by now the most formidable presence in Irish poetry, a man whose work has achieved a continuity and sustained power.” Seamus Deane, A Short History of Irish Literature Thomas Kinsella was born on May 4,…

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Michael Longley

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939, and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College, Dublin, where he earned his degree in Classics. He worked as a schoolteacher in Dublin,…

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Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast in 1950, where she now lives with her husband and four children.  A graduate of The Queen’s University Of Belfast with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, she…

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Paula Meehan

Paula Meehan was born in 1955 and raised in two famous working-class districts of Dublin, before graduating from Trinity College and Eastern Washington University. She has written plays for children and adults and has conducted…

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Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke was born in the Irish Midlands in 1964. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and University College, Cork, she has worked in the U.K., the United States, and Norway. She co-held the…

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John Montague

John Montague was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929. A few years later his family returned to County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where he was raised. He was educated at University College, Dublin, where…

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