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Two of the world's leading poets read together

11 Sep 2013

Don Paterson and Paul Muldoon: Saturday, 14 September 2013 (6.30pm) at The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama.

Contemporary British and Irish Poetry Conference

As part of the 3rd Contemporary British and Irish Poetry Conference, hosted this year by the Centre for New Writing, two of the world's leading poets will read together.

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 and grew up in The Moy in Co Armagh. After attending Queens in Belfast, he worked for the BBC as a radio and tv producer and since then he has taken up various academic postings, mostly in the US, where he now lives, as an American citizen, teaching at Princeton where he is currently the Howard GB Clark Professor in the Humanities. His Collected Poems 1968-1998 (2001) was followed by Moy Sand and Gravel (2002) which won the Pulitzer prize, Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010). His many other awards include the TS Eliot prize, the Shakespeare prize and the Irish Times Award. He also collaborates with composers and musicians and his lyrics have recently been collected in The Word on the Street (2013).

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963 and has worked in the School of English at the University of St Andrews since 2002, where he lectures full-time and holds the position of Professor of Poetry. His collections of poetry include Nil Nil (Faber, 1993), God’s Gift to Women (Faber, 1997), The Eyes (after Antonio Machado, Faber, 1999), Landing Light (Faber, 2003; Graywolf, 2004) and Rain (Faber, 2009; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010). His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010.

"We are very sorry to hear that Seamus Heaney, who was due to read at this event has died: the leading English-language poet of our time and its greatest advocate for poetry, Seamus was also a marvellous man, and a dear friend to many of us in Manchester - as he was to readers and writers across the world: ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal."
John McAuliffe, co-director of Centre for New Writing

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