Frank Ormsby

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Francis Arthur Ormsby (born 1947, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh) is a Northern Irish author and poet.[1]


Educated at St Michael's College, Enniskillen and Queen's University Belfast, he was editor of The Honest Ulsterman from 1969-89, and has also edited the Poetry Ireland Review. From 1976 until his retirement in 2010, he was Head of English at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.[2]

In 1992, he received the Cultural Traditions Award, given in memory of John Hewitt, and in 2002 the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, a Roman Catholic university.[citation needed]

Ormsby was appointed as the Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2019, to serve a three-year term at Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and University College Dublin.


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Ormsby, Frank (1971). Ripe for company. Belfast: Ulsterman Publications.
  • A Store of Candles, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.
  • A Northern Spring, London: Secker & Warburg, 1986.
  • The Ghost Train, Oldcastle, Co. Meath: The Gallery Press, 1995.
  • Fireflies, Manchester: Carcanet/Oxford Poets, 2009.

Edited volumes[edit]

  • Ormsby, Frank, ed. (1979). Poets from the north of Ireland. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
  • Northern Windows: An Anthology of Ulster Autobiography, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1987.
  • The Long Embrace: Twentieth Century Irish Love Poems, London: Faber & Faber, 1987.
  • Thine in Storm and Calm: An Amanda McKittrick Ros Reader, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1988.
  • —, ed. (1990). Poets from the north of Ireland. Revised ed. Belfast: Blackstaff Press..
  • The Collected Poems of John Hewitt, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1991.
  • A Rage for Order: Poetry of the Northern Ireland Troubles, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1992.
  • The Hip Flask: Short Poems from Ireland, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2001.
  • The Blackbird's Nest: An Anthology of Poetry from Queen's University Belfast, Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2006.
  • The Selected Poems of John Hewitt (co-edited with Michael Longley), Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2007.


  • the kiss of light, Frank Ormsby, Anthony Toner, Neil Martin, Linley Hamilton. Frank Ormsby reads his poems followed in each case by a musical composition inspired by the poems. Dozens of Cousins CD.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Bog cotton 2013 Ormsby, Frank (4 March 2013). "Bog cotton". The New Yorker. 89 (3): 26. Retrieved 6 May 2015.


  1. ^ Frank Ormsby profile Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Frank Ormsby: Life at Inst was very different from my upbringing,, 23 March 2015; accessed 14 July 2016.

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