Tara Bergin

Tara Bergin’s second collection, The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx, was published by Carcanet in 2017. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and was a PBS Recommendation. Tara previously won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize 2014 for This Is Yarrow, published by Carcanet in 2013. She was born and grew up in Dublin and now lives in the North of England. She lectures part-time at Newcastle University.


Five O’Clock Verses »

Reading: Tara Bergin, Tsead Bruinja

Sat 10 March | 17:00 - 18:00 | £6.50/£4.50 | Parliament Hall, South Street


If / Then

If you are walking on blood,
then I am Sonia;

and if you are suffering from hypertension,
then I am Joanne;

and if you are surrounded by singing birds,
then I am Miriam;

and if you are a deserted village,
then I am Natasha;

and if you are blue for Buddhists,
then I am Vera;

and if you are the lucky John Smith,
then I am Helen;

and if you are a satyr,
then I am Joan;

and if you are saying you’re in love with me,
then I am definitely saying that I’m in love with you.

Tara Bergin

From The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (Carcanet, 2017)