Padraig Regan (Ireland) first attended the John Hewitt International Summer School as a bursary recipient and, in 2014, read at the School for The Lifeboat Press event, alongside Caitlin Newby. They also read in Belfast for the Hewitt Society’s contribution to Culture Night 2016, again alongside Caitlin Newby.
Padraig won an Eric Gregory Award in 2015 while a student at the Seamus Heaney Centre (Queen’s University Belfast), where they now teach. Padraig’s debut pamphlet, Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016), confirmed them as one of the most promising and thought-provoking writers in Ireland today. Their second pamphlet, Who Seemed Alive and Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017) was further proof of Padraig taking Irish poetry in new directions and was described by critic Dave Coates as, “[…] warm, tactile, sharp-witted, with a handful of real masterpieces.” Padraig is one of the founders of the highly regarded Tangerine Magazine, where they serve as Contributing Editor.
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