Mark Granier

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Mark Granier born in London, England, is an Irish poet and photographer based in Dublin, Ireland.[1] Poetry Ireland Review describes Granier as, "a poet of individual poems," poems that are, "perfectly operating verbal machines, which are their own fulfillment, with everything concentrated on the final, sealing line."[2]


Mark Granier was born in London in 1957. He completed an MA in Poetry/Creative Writing with Lancaster University and has been teaching creative writing in University College Dublin for several years. He lives in Dublin with his wife and son.

He has published five poetry collections: Airborne (Salmon Poetry, 2001), The Sky Road (Salmon Poetry, 2007), Fade Street (Salt Publishing, 2010), Haunt (Salmon Poetry, 2015), and Ghostlight: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2017). He received three Arts Council bursaries, in 2002, 2008 and 2013. His awards include the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize in 2004 and The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Poetry Fellowship in 2011.[3]

The Irish Times describes Granier's Fade Street, in which the title poem is a reflection on a Victorian era photograph, as "ekphrastic."[1] In its review of Fade Street, Poetry Ireland Review, describes Granier as, "well-known for his visual sense."[2]

Mark Granier’s photography work includes portraits of some well-known writers and performers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jo Brand. Apart from furnishing the cover photography for his four poetry collections, he has done cover work for a number of publishers, including Faber & Faber, The O’Brien Press, Salmon Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review and The Stinging Fly. The literary/photographic journal Irish Pages published a portfolio of his work in 2011 and his photographs have regularly appeared in The Guardian Weekend Magazine and have been exhibited in two group shows in London (in The Oxo Gallery on The South Bank and The Guardian Offices). In 2012 he was awarded the jury prize in The Open House Photographic competition run by the Architecture Foundation. In 2015 his work was selected by Mark St. John Ellis (of nag Gallery, Dublin) to appear in an open submission competition/exhibition, Home, in the Municipal Gallery in The Lexicon Library in Dún Laoghaire. He was also awarded runner-up prize in this competition. His work has also been exhibited in the 2015 Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition in Dublin.



  • Airborne (Salmon, 2001)[4]
  • The Sky Road (Salmon, 2007)[5][6]
  • Fade Street (Salt, 2010)[7][8]
  • Haunt (Salmon, 2015)[9]

Ghostlight: New & Selected Poems (Salmon, 2017)



  1. ^ a b McAuliffe, John (26 February 2011). "Searing sketches of a suburban childhood". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b O'Loughlin, Michael (April 2011). "Review of Fade Street". Poetry Ireland Review (103): 121. JSTOR 41583378. 
  3. ^ Dempsey, Kate (15 October 2012). "Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship Readings". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Airborne". Salmon Poetry. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Val (July 2009). "Review of The Sky Road". Poetry Ireland Review (98): 113. JSTOR 40649116. 
  6. ^ "The Sky Road". Salmon Poetry. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fade Street". Salt Publishing, Ltd. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Wallace, Arminta. "reference to poem, Fade Street". Life & Style. The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Haunt". Salmon Poetry. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 

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