Monday, 4 March 2013

Professor Harry Clifton

We are delighted to announce that Writing Home: Irish Culture and Wartime Europe, 1938-48 will be launched on Thursday 13 June 2013 with a reading by Professor Harry Clifton.

Professor Clifton is the author of several poetry collections, including Comparative Lives (1982); Night Train through the Brenner (1996); The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973-1988, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks, 1994-2004, winner of the 2007 Irish Times/Poetry Now Award.

He has also written an account of his year spent in the Abruzzo Mountains, On the Spine of Italy (1999); and a collection of short stories, Berkeley's Telephone and Other Fictions (2000). His work has been translated into many languages.

Professor Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952, and educated at Blackrock College and University College, Dublin. He was International Fellow at the University of Iowa, and has lived in Africa, Asia and Europe. From 2010 to 2013 he was Ireland Professor of Poetry, spending his second year of the Professorship in Trinity College, where he gave the lecture ‘The Unforged Conscience: Europe in Irish Poetry’ in February 2012.

Professor Clifton is a member of Aosdana, and lives in Dublin.

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