Deane published several collections of poetry and some fiction. He won the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and poetry prizes from Italy and Romania. Deane was elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996. Shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, he won residencies in Bavaria, Monaco and Paris. His latest poetry collection The Instruments of Art, Carcanet 2005; In Dogged Loyalty, essays on religious poetry, Columba 2006; latest fiction The Heather Fields and Other Stories, Blackstaff Press 2007. Deane's forthcoming poetry collection is A Little Book of Hours, Carcanet. He is a member of Aosdána, the body established by the Arts Council to honour artists “whose work had made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland”. In 2007, the French Government honoured him by making him Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.