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Paula Meehan

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  • Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at Eastern Washington University. She has published five previous collections of poetry and received many awards for her work including the Denis Devlin Award of the Irish Arts Council (An Chonthairle Ealafon) for Dharmakaya, which Carcanet published in 2000. She has also written plays - for stage (for both children and adults) and for radio - and held a creative writing fellowship at University College, Dublin.  Meehan has worked with inner city communities and conducted workshops in prisons.
    'These  are poems fuelled by a fierce perception and generosity of spirit, joyfully and sorrowfully open to human frailty, passion, the natural world - what it means to be human. Even in the darkness of grief and loss Paula Meehan celebrates life with a visceral, flaying attention. It  is as if anger, grace and wit have been hammered white-hot into the finest shining tool and ornament. '
    Maura Dooley
    'In Painting Rain  Paula Meehan makes music that is a powerful confluence of themes: a field lost to a housing development, a north wind that whines through the dunes, an Irish mother whose daughters 'taught their mother barring orders and legal separation'. Each poem is powerful on its own, demanding and holding the white space of each page, but the cumulative effect is one of great wisdom and authority. Meehan had that special grace from the start, but now immensities have crystallized around each lyric she writes. Don't miss this work: Painting Rain is her finest book yet.'
    Thomas McCarthy
    'Paula Meehan is that rare and precious thing - a vocational poet of courage and integrity. Already much-loved and admired far beyond the shores of her native Ireland, Meehan advances her claim on our hearts and minds with Painting Rain. From present-day Dublin to Ancient Greece, the myths and flawed heroes of her poems give back to us our own  lives, counted out in illuminated moments of joy, pain, love and memory.'
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Awards won by Paula Meehan Winner, 2017 SOA Cholmondeley Award
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