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Sinead Morrissey

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  • Sinéad Morrissey was born in 1972 and grew up in Belfast. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin, from which she took her PhD in 2003. Her five collections are There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2002), The State of the Prisons (2005), Through the Square Window (2009) and the Forward Prize-shortlisted Parallax (2013) all of which are published by Carcanet Press. She has lived in Germany, Japan and New Zealand and now lectures in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University, Belfast. She is Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate.
    Awards won by Sinead Morrissey Winner, 2013 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry (Parallax) ,      Poetry Book Society Choice for Through the Square Window (2009)
    Winner of UK National Poetry Competition for the poem 'Through the Square Window' (2007)
    Winner of a Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007)
    Poetry Book Society Recommendation for The State of the Prisons (2005)
    Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Commonwealth Literature Prize for The State of the Prisons (2005)
    Shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize for The State of the Prisons (2005)
    Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for The State of the Prisons (2005)
    Joint winner of the Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry for The State of the Prisons (2005)
    Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Between Here and There (2002).
    MaCaulay Fellowship (2002)
    Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Between Here and There (2002).
    An Eric Gregory Award for There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996)
    Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry (1990)
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