Michael Longley is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets. He has published nine collections of poetry including, Gorse Fires, which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize and The Weather in Japan which won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2001, he won the Wilfred Owen Award in 2003 and in 2010 was awarded a CBE. He was Irish Professor of Poetry from 2007 – 2010 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
‘A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders.’ Seamus Heaney
‘One of the most perfect poets alive.’ Sebastian Barry, Guardian