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Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes
Books by this author: Gathering Evidence
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  • Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer, currently living in the Netherlands where she is Visiting Writer at Maastricht University. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet Press 2014), won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in manuscript form and The Irish Times Strong/Shine Award 2015 in book form. It was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection, the Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize, the NZ Post Books Award for Poetry and the Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers' Week. She received an Irish Arts Council Bursary Award to complete her next collection. An extract from her novel-in-progress appeared in Tin House (Spring 2016) and she is represented by Bill Clegg.
    'Carcanet Press and Belfast women poets are a very happy combination at the moment, and Caoilinn Hughes promises to be as individual a voice as Sinead Morissey. Add to that a caustic wit, as evidenced on Pacific Rim, or a gift for characterisation in Vagabond Monologue -- 'I'll€™ll tell you what makes poetry flow? Nice big bank notes to be writing poems on'€™. And so say all of us.'
    The Belfast Telegraph
    'Hughes brings to the embers of the Irish lyric new breath, new music, new word hoards, reinvigorating that tradition. She spins news from her travels in the wide world and it feels like essential information. This collection is a flaring forth, an auspicious comet, signal of achievement and promise.'
    Paula Meehan
    'The notion of the poet as alchemist is a familiar one, but Caoilinn Hughes gives it new and enormous energy. I find myself wondering how she knows so much about so many things; and then I notice how far her poems travel beyond their own footprints. On page after page, she offers transformation -- turning facts into feeling, experience into knowledge, prose into poetry, science into art.'
    Bill Manhire
    Awards won by Caoilinn Hughes Short-listed, 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards
    (Gathering Evidence)
    Short-listed, 2015 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection (Gathering Evidence) Winner, 2015 Shine/Strong Award (Gathering Evidence)
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