Miriam Gamble (Ireland/Scotland) read at the 2008 John Hewitt Spring Festival in Carnlough (with Maureen Boyle, Kevin Higgins, Paul Maddern & Iggy McGovern,), at the 2008 John Hewitt Birthday Reading (with Gerry Dawe and Sinéad Morrissey), and at the 2014 John Hewitt international Summer School (with Paul Batchelor).
Miriam was born in Brussels and raised in Northern Ireland. She attended Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast, where she obtained her PhD. She was the winner of an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and her debut pamphlet This Man’s Town (tall-lighthouse) followed in 2008.
She has three collections with Bloodaxe Books: The Squirrels are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014), and What Planet (2019) – which won the2020 Pigott Poetry Prize, Ireland's richest poetry award. She is also the recipient of an Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, a Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Miriam lectures in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University and has published essays on Northern Irish poetry in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (OUP, 2012) and Irish Studies Review, and has written on the poetry of Janet Frame and D.H. Lawrence.
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