THE CORK SPRING
Reading with Lory Manrique-Hyland & Valérie Rouzeau, Friday 18 February, 9pm
Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry. He has won the National Poetry Competition twice, and also the Forward Prize for Best Poem; his collection, The Lammas Hireling, was the Poetry Book Society’s Choice for Summer 2003, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best Collection. Chosen as a New Generation Poet in 1994, he has received Arts Council and Cholmondeley Awards, and has held various Royal Literary Fund fellowships at universities including Lancaster, Durham, Newcastle and his own alma mater, Leeds. Visit Ian Duhig's page at Contemporary Writers.
“The most original poet of his generation”
- Carol Ann Duffy, Guardian
“His poetry is learned, rude, elegant, sly and funny, mixing gilded images, belly-laughs and esoteric lore about language (including Irish), art, history, politics and children’s word-games”
- Ruth Padel, Independent on Sunday
(Extracts of Duhig's work available on page 5 of festival brochure.)
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