Medbh McGuckian

MedbhMcGuckianMedbh 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 was the first woman to be named writer-in-residence in that university, where she now regularly teaches.

Her volumes include The Flower Master (1982), which won the Poetry Society’s Alice Hunt-Bartlett Award and Venus in the Rain (1984). Wake Forest has published On Ballycastle Beach (1988), Marconi’s Cottage (1992), Captain Lavender (1995), Selected Poems (1997), and Shelmalier (1998). In 2002, Wake Forest published The Soldiers of Year II, a collection of poems including many titles from Drawing Ballerinas and The Face of the Earth, which were published in Ireland in 2001 and 2002. The Book of the Angel was published in 2004 and The Currach Requires No Harbours in 2007.   Her work has been anthologized in numerous collections, including The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry. Wake Forest published her newest volume, The High Caul Cap, in the fall of 2013.

Other prizes awarded McGuckian include the National Poetry Competition, The Cheltenham Award,  The Rooney Prize for Literature, the Bass Ireland Award for Literature, the Eric Gregory Award, and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has been published by Oxford University Press and Gallery Press in England and in Ireland.

Here’s a January 2014 interview that the Irish Echo had with her: IrishEcho McGuckian Page 22

 

Books by Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian: The Currach Requires No Harbours (USED)

Very Good Condition: minor marks front & back cover Shortlisted for the 2007 Irish Times Poetry Now Award “She has hit on a dream-to-reason ratio perfect for replicating what she calls ‘the feminine subconcious, or semi-consciousness.’ ” Carmine… $8.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Shelmalier (clothbound) (USED)

2 copies Very Good Condition: dust jackets faded with stickers, slight bends Taking her title from the Wexford fishermen who became gunmen in the Irish rising of 1798, McGuckian carries the sea changes in language… $10.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Shelmalier (USED)

2 copies Excellent condition: faded spines, books still shrink-wrapped Taking her title from the Wexford fishermen who became gunmen in the Irish rising of 1798, McGuckian carries the sea changes in language she has elsewhere… $7.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Captain Lavender (clothbound) (USED)

Very Good Condition: slight marks front and back dust jacket, sticker back dust jacket The poems in this fourth collection by Belfast poet Medbh (pronounced Mave) McGuckian are located along a fault line where two… $9.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Marconi’s Cottage (USED)

Excellent Condition: sticker on cover In the deft and mysterious poems of Marconi’s Cottage, McGuckian evokes the uncanny presence of a muse whose “unseduceable two rows of small black doors” hinge life and death, the two… $5.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: On Ballycastle Beach (USED)

2 copies Excellent Condition: like new “Time and time again, her poems touch on the inextricability of the beautiful and the elusive….A classic in the making, On Ballycastle Beach will trouble many of us for… $5.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The High Caul Cap

The High Caul Cap is both the name of a traditional Irish air and a symbol for the link remaining after birth between mother and child. The caul was superstitiously regarded as a good… $14.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: My Love Has Fared Inland

“One of the most gifted–if not THE most gifted–of the post-War generation of Irish poets, Medbh McGuckian’s new book is a masterpiece of psychic map-making. Her latest journey to the ‘Inland’ of her distinctive… $12.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Currach Requires No Harbours

Shortlisted for the 2007 Irish Times Poetry Now Award “She has hit on a dream-to-reason ratio perfect for replicating what she calls ‘the feminine subconcious, or semi-consciousness.’ ” Carmine Starnino,Poetry “These poetic recalibrations, both subtle and subversive set The… $11.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Currach Requires No Harbours (clothbound)

Shortlisted for the 2007 Irish Times Poetry Now Award “She has hit on a dream-to-reason ratio perfect for replicating what she calls ‘the feminine subconcious, or semi-consciousness.’ ” Carmine Starnino, Poetry “These poetic recalibrations, both subtle and subversive set The… $21.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Book of the Angel

Shortlisted for the 2005 Irish Times Poetry Now Prize “Sensuous and intellectual at once, McGuckian’s poetry is marked by a kind of ecstatic flow that never leaves the ground.” Tom D’Evelyn, Providence Journal “Like a medieval painting… $11.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Book of the Angel (clothbound)

Shortlisted for the 2005 Irish Times Poetry Now Prize “Sensuous and intellectual at once, McGuckian’s poetry is marked by a kind of ecstatic flow that never leaves the ground.” Tom D’Evelyn, Providence Journal “Like a medieval painting… $50.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Soldiers of Year II

Her use of metaphor is freer and more extravagant than anything I’ve read recently in American or English poetry, and her poems work wonders through simile….For readers able to suspend the tendency to grasp… $11.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: The Soldiers of Year II (clothbound)

Her use of metaphor is freer and more extravagant than anything I’ve read recently in American or English poetry, and her poems work wonders through simile….For readers able to suspend the tendency to grasp… $19.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Shelmalier

Taking her title from the Wexford fishermen who became gunmen in the Irish rising of 1798, McGuckian carries the sea changes in language she has elsewhere wrought in bodily tropes of waves, tides, liquidity,… $11.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Shelmalier (clothbound)

Taking her title from the Wexford fishermen who became gunmen in the Irish rising of 1798, McGuckian carries the sea changes in language she has elsewhere wrought in bodily tropes of waves, tides, liquidity,… $17.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Selected Poems (clothbound)

“This volume achieves exactly what a Selected Poems should: It is a splendid introduction to a lavishly gifted, complex writer, a point of entry into the manifold treasures of her oeuvre.” Irish Times “[T]his selection has been beautifully… $17.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Captain Lavender

The poems in this fourth collection by Belfast poet Medbh (pronounced Mave) McGuckian are located along a fault line where two surfaces badly meet; where what can be stopped or held or escaped grinds… $9.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Captain Lavender (clothbound)

The poems in this fourth collection by Belfast poet Medbh (pronounced Mave) McGuckian are located along a fault line where two surfaces badly meet; where what can be stopped or held or escaped grinds… $15.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Captain Lavender (USED)

2 copies Excellent Condition: minor marks on back covers The poems in this fourth collection by Belfast poet Medbh (pronounced Mave) McGuckian are located along a fault line where two surfaces badly meet; where what… $4.00 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: Marconi’s Cottage

In the deft and mysterious poems of Marconi’s Cottage, McGuckian evokes the uncanny presence of a muse whose “unseduceable two rows of small black doors” hinge life and death, the two sides of a single… $8.95 - view details

Medbh McGuckian: On Ballycastle Beach

“Time and time again, her poems touch on the inextricability of the beautiful and the elusive….A classic in the making, On Ballycastle Beach will trouble many of us for some time to come.” Stephen… $6.95 - view details