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Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011THE CORK SPRING






Matthew Sweeney to read in the Cork Spring Literary Festival 2011



Reading with Catherine Smith & Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Friday 18 February, 7.15pm


Born in Donegal in 1952. Based in Cork currently, having previously been resident in Berlin, Timişoara and, for a long time, London. Latest book a retrospective selection The Night Post (Salt, 2010). Several books prior to that, including Black Moon, (2007), Sanctuary (2004) and Selected Poems (2002) – also books of poetry for children, including Up on the Roof (2001). Bilingual collections came out in Germany and Holland in 2008. Earlier volumes of translation have appeared in Mexico, Romania, Latvia and Slovakia. Visit Sweeney's page on Poetry International Web.

“If one had to draw the co-ordinates for Matthew Sweeney they might intersect about the point where Flann O’Brien met Marin Sorescu, though without the latter’s more intimate knowledge of bloodiness and tyranny. And there might be the ghost of a flute or pennywhistle there too, because it is impossible to read his poetry without hearing its apparently simple but sophisticated cadences as music.”
- George Szirtes


(Extracts of Sweeney's work available on page 20 of festival brochure.)


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