Michael Longley, Belfast in Northern Ireland.(born 27 July 1939) is a poet from
Life and career
He was the Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007 to 2010, this being a cross-border academic post set up in 1998, previously held by John Montague, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Paul Durcan. He was succeeded in 2010 by Harry Clifton.
North American editions of Longley's work are published by Wake Forest University Press.
On 14 January 2014, Longley participated in the BBC Radio 3 series The Essay – Letters to a Young Poet. Taking Rainer Maria Rilke's classic text Letters to a Young Poet as inspiration, leading poets wrote a letter to a protege. Michael Longley has provided readings of his poetry for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Awards and honours
He holds honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast (1995) and Trinity College, Dublin (1999) and was the 2001 recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Longley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
His 2014 collection The Stairwell won the 2015 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
In 2015, he received the Ulster Tattler Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize in 2017. The Chair of the judges, Don Paterson, said: "For decades now his effortlessly lyric and fluent poetry has been wholly suffused with the qualities of humanity, humility and compassion, never shying away from the moral complexity that comes from seeing both sides of an argument."
List of works
- Ten Poems (1965)
- Secret Marriages: Nine Short Poems (1968)
- No Continuing City (1969)
- Lares (1972)
- An Exploded View (1973)
- Fishing in the Sky: Love Poems (1975)
- Man Lying on a Wall (1976)
- The Echo Gate (1979)
- Patchwork (1981)
- Selected Poems 1963–1983 (1985)
- Selected Poems 1963–1980 (1981)
- Gorse Fires (1991)
- Baucis and Philemon: After Ovid (1993)
- Birds and Flowers: Poems (1994)
- Tuppeny Stung: Autobiographical Chapters (1994)
- The Ghost Orchid (1995)
- Ship of the Wind (1997)
- Broken Dishes (1998)
- Selected Poems (1998)
- The Weather in Japan (2000)
- Snow Water (2004)
- Collected Poems (2006)
- "A Jovial Hullabaloo" (2008)
- A Hundred Doors (2011)
- The Stairwell (2014)
- "Sea Asters" (2015) published by Andrew J Moorhouse – Fine Press poetry
- "The Dipper's Range" (2016) published by Andrew J Moorhouse – Fine Press poetry
- Twelve Poems (Clutag Press, 2016)
- "Angel Hill" (2017) - Cape poetry
- "Sidelines" (2017) http://enitharmon.co.uk/product/sidelines-selected-prose/
- "Ghetto" (2019) published by Andrew J Moorhouse – Fine Press poetry http://www.finepresspoetry.com/ghetto---michael-longley.html
- BBC article. 7 September 2007. Longley new professor of poetry.
- Wake Forest University Press Archived 10 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Michael Longley's reverence for the living and the dead is as evident as ever
- "Michael Longley". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
- "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 7.
- "Michael Longley wins €5,000 poetry prize", The Irish Times, 8 September 2012.
- Allen, Michael, ed. Options: The Poetry of Michael Longley, Éire-Ireland 10.4 (1975): pp. 129–35.
- Allen Randolph, Jody. "Michael Longley, February 2010". Close to the Next Moment: Interviews from a Changing Ireland. Manchester: Carcanet, 2010.
- Allen Randolph, Jody and Douglas Archibald, eds. Special Issue on Michael Longley. Colby Quarterly 39.3 (September 2003).
- Brearton, Fran. Reading Michael Longley. Bloodaxe, 2006.
- Clyde, Tom, ed. Special Issue on Michael Longley. Honest Ulsterman 110 (Summer 2001).
- Peacock, Alan J. and Kathleen Devine, eds. The Poetry of Michael Longley: Ulster Editions and Monographs 10. Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England: Colin Smythe, 2000.
- Robertson, Robin, ed. Love Poet, Carpenter: Michael Longley at Seventy. London: Enitharmon Press, 2009.
- Russell, Richard Rankin. Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.
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- Template:British Council contains a "Critical Perspective" section
- Video readings in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, UCD Digital Library, University College Dublin
- on YouTube
- Wake Forest University Press North American publisher of Longley
- Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery
- Poetry archive profile and poems written and audio
- Ulster Museum portrait
- Audio interview by Krista Tippett