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Strengthening The Northern Bridge
16th June @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
With Sinéad Morrissey, Jacob Polley and Tara Bergin
Sinéad Morrissey’s departure for Newcastle University is imminent and, together with The John Hewitt Society, we have invited two of Sinéad’s new colleagues to read with her; Tara Bergin and Jacob Polley.
Tara Bergin was the recipient of the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for her debut collection, This is Yarrow (Carcanet, 2013) and Jacob Polley’s most recent accolade is the 2016 T S Eliot Award for Jackself (Picador). The readers will be introduced by Sinéad’s students from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry; Andy Eaton, Emma Must and Stephen Sexton.
Sinéad Morrissey has published six collections of poetry. Her awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Award, first place in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, The Irish Times Poetry Prize (2009, 2013) and the T S Eliot Prize (2013). In 2016 she was awarded the E M Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has served as Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Her latest collection, On Balance, is the Poetry Book Society Choice for Summer 2017.