Irish poet Carson to read from works

Irish poet and novelist Ciaran Carson will read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, for the Writing Program in Arts & Sciences.

The event, sponsored as part of the Writing Program’s spring Reading Series, is free and open to the public and takes place in Duncker Hall, Room 201, Hurst Lounge.

Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to a Irish-speaking family. He earned a degree in English from Queen’s University, Belfast, and, in 1975, joined the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, serving as Traditional Arts Officer until 1998. He is a professor of poetry at Queen’s University, where he also directs the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

Carson is the author of nine collections of poems, beginning with “The New Estate” (1976), which won the Eric Gregory Award. Other collections include “The Irish for No” (1987), winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; “Belfast Confetti” (1990), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry; “First Language: Poems” (1993), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize; and “Breaking News” (2003), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year).

Carson is also the author of four prose works, including “The Pocket Guide to Traditional Irish Music” (1996); “The Star Factory” (1997), a collection of inventive essays about his native city; and “Fishing for Amber” (1999), a series of stories that weave autobiography with Irish fairy tales, Greek Myth and the history of amber. His novel “Shamrock Tea” (2001) — which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize — explores themes present in Jan van Eyck’s painting “The Arnolfini Marriage.”

“Carson has managed an unusual marriage in his work between the Irish vernacular storytelling tradition and the witty elusive mock-pedantic scholarship of Paul Muldoon,” writes Peter Forbes, editor of Poetry Review, Britain’s premier poetry magazine.

Caron’s translation of “Dante’s Inferno” won the 2002 Oxford Weidenfeld Translation prize. A translation of the Old Irish epic “Tain Bo Cuailnge” was published by Penguin Classics in 2007.

A new collection of poems, “For All We Know,” is forthcoming in 2008, as is a novel, “The Pen Friend.”

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