Matthew Sweeney

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


He graduated from Gormanston College, Polytechnic of North London and University of Freiburg,[1] in 1979. He lives as a writer and poet.

He has had residencies at the University of East Anglia, and South Bank Centre, among many others.[2]

He lived in London for many years, until 2001, after which he lived in Timișoara, 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






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


  1. ^ Matthew Sweeney at poetry Foundation.
  2. ^ Matthew Sweeney at British Council, Literature.

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