Seán Hewitt (England/Ireland) first attended the John Hewitt International Summer School as an intern and soon after delivered a paper at the 2017 School on the use of landscape in Hewitt’s work – reading his own poetry that same year at The Lifeboat Press’s fringe event. He also read at the 2019 the Hewitt’s Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas, alongside Paul Maddern.
Seán read English at Cambridge and gained his PhD from Liverpool University, which led to the publication of J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). His poetry pamphlet, Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019), won an Eric Gregory Award in 2019 and was the Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016, and the Resurgence Prize in 2017. He is a book critic for The Irish Times and a Government of Ireland Fellow at University College Cork. Seán’s debut collection, Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020), has been widely praised.
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