Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Ireland) read for John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh as part of the Gallery Goes event, along with Tom French and the late Ciaran Carson. Most recently, Eiléan read for the John Hewitt Society’s 2020 Digital Festival of Literature and Ideas, again for a Gallery Goes event, along with Vona Groarke and Tom French.
Eiléan has long been considered one of Ireland’s leading poets. Born in Cork City, she was educated there and at Oxford before teaching at Trinity College, Dublin, where she is now Professor of English, Emerita. She has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Times Award for Poetry, the O’Shaughnessy Award, and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. She was a founder member of Cyphers and served as Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2016-2019.
Her collections include Acts and Monuments (1972, winner of the 1973 Patrick Kavanagh Award), Site of Ambush (1975), The Second Voyage (1977), The Rose Geranium (1981), The Magdalene Sermon (1989, shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award), The Brazen Serpent (1994), The Girl Who Married the Reindeer (2001), Selected Poems (2008), The Sun-fish (2009, winner of the 2010 Griffin International Poetry Prize and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Legend of the Walled-up Wife (translations from the Romanian of Ileana Malancioiu, 2011), The Boys of Bluehill (2015) and The Mother House (2019, winner of the 2020 Irish Times Poetry Now Award).
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