Poetry Centre Stage
To continue this year’s series of Poetry Centre Stage events, enjoy a full evening of poetry with two remarkable poets. Michael Longley is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets and has won numerous awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the T.S. Eliot Prize. With eleven collections to his name, he is often commended for his ability to portray intense beauty in his compact style. His collections are unafraid to approach a diverse range of subjects, and cover issues ranging from the Troubles to the nature of jazz—which lends to his popularity among audiences and critics alike.
Carolyn Forché is an equally celebrated poet who won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for her first volume of poetry. She’s continued to impress throughout her career, becoming both a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. A memoirist and translator as well, she captures story and memory with a piercing clarity. Using her writing for a larger social purpose, she has been praised by Nelson Mandela for her anthology, Against Forgetting, and in 1998 she won the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture award for her human rights advocacy in the preservation of memory and culture.