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Basil Payne (23 June 1923 — 6 January 2012) was an Irish poet and lecturer.
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Payne was educated at Synge Street CBS and University College Dublin. In the 1960s he presented many lectures and poetry readings in Dublin including a well received one man show at the Gate Theatre. In 1964 and 1966 he won the Guinness International poetry prize.
From 1972-78 he lectured in literature at several universities in the USA. His published work amounts to three books and numerous inclusions in anthologies of Irish poetry His first book "Sunlight on a Square" and his final book "Dark and Light Fantastic" are available in Amazon kindle digital format as is a collection of his Irish Times newspaper articles from the 1960s to the 1980s.
- Sunlight on a Square (Dublin, John Augustin, 1961, republished on Amazon Kindle, 2012);
- Love in the Afternoon (Dublin, Gill and MacMillan, 1971);
- Another Kind of Optimism (Dublin, Gill and MacMillan, 1974);
- Dark and Light Fantastic (Amazon Kindle, 2013)