Matthew Sweeney

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Matthew Sweeney (born 1951 Donegal, Ireland) is an Irish poet.


He graduated from Gormanston College, Polytechnic of North London and University of Freiburg, in 1979. He lives as a writer and poet.

He has had residencies at the University of East Anglia, and South Bank Centre, amongst many others.[1]

He lived in London for many years, until 2001, after which he lived in Timisoara, Romania and Berlin. He now lives in Cork, Ireland.


  • 1984 New Statesman Prudence Farmer Award
  • 1987 Cholmondeley Award
  • 1999 Arts Council Writers' Award
  • 2007 T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist)
  • 2008 Poetry Now Award (shortlist) for his collection, Black Moon.
  • 2011 The Steven Kings Award
  • 2012 Maria Elsa Authors and Poets Award
  • 2014 Piggot Poetry Prize



(Bloodaxe, 2013)



  • Death Comes For The Poets (satirical crime novel, cowritten with John Hartley Williams). MUS. 2012. ISBN 978-0-957213609. 


  • Writing Poetry (Teach Yourself series, with John Hartley Williams). McGraw-Hill. 2008. ISBN 978-0071602501. 


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