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Michael Longley in Louisburgh Library (Louisburgh Library)

Michael Longley poster for his reading in Louisburgh Library, April 25th 2013

Date(s): Thurs. Apr 25th 2013 7.30pm

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Michael Longley, born in Belfast and one of Ireland’s most distinguished and acclaimed poets, is author of over a dozen collections of poetry. He is winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Hawthordon Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry and also holds the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry as well as the Ireland Professorship of Poetry. Longley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His most recent collection A Hundred Doors described by the Irish Times as "a creaturely work of blessing and acceptance, crafted and generous and sure”, won the 2011 DLR Poetry Now award. Through the almost-five decades of his writing career to date, his work has made craftsmanship the basis of an exemplary witness to the astonishment and grace of living in the real world. Yet as he said himself, “I would insist that poetry is a normal human activity and its proper concern all the things that happen to people.”

Come along to Louisburgh Library on Thursday April 25th for a rare opportunity to hear one of Ireland’s greatest living poets. Places are limited so come early. Reading starts at 7.30pm.

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