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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. She has been a contributor to PN Review since 1994. 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 T S Eliot Prize-winning 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.

    Sinéad Morrissey is a frequent contributor to PN Review.



    'Morrissey's clarity and confidence mean that On Balance approaches each of her subjects with great fluency and command' The Irish Times 'The outstanding poet of her generation.'
    Stephen Knight, Independent
    'In a year of brilliantly themed collections, the judges were unanimous in choosing Sinéad Morrissey'€™s Parallax as the winner. Politically, historically and personally ambitious, expressed in beautifully turned language, her book is as many-angled and any-angled as its title suggests.'
    Ian Duhig, Chair of the 2013 T S Eliot Prize Judges
    'One of the most gifted of yet another generation of talented Irish poets.'
    The Independent on Sunday.
    Awards won by Sinead Morrissey Winner, 2017 The Forward Prize for Best Collection (On Balance) Winner, 2017 Poetry Book Society Choice (On Balance) Winner, 2009 T.S Eliot Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2014 Irish Times Poetry Now Award
    (Parallax)
    Short-listed, 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection (Parallax) Joint winner, 2005 Michael Hartnett Award for Poetry
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Short-listed, 2005 T.S. Eliot Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2002 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award
    (Between Here and There)
    Winner, 2002 MaCaulay Fellowship
    Short-listed, 2002 T.S. Eliot Prize
    (Between Here and There)
    Winner, 1996 An Eric Gregory Award
    (There Was Fire In Vancouver)
    Winner, 1990 Patrick Kavanagh Award Short-listed, 2005 Irish Times Poetry Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Short-listed, 2005 John Llewellyn Rhys Commonwealth Literature Prize
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2005 Poetry Book Society Recommendation
    (The State of the Prisons)
    Winner, 2007 Lannan Literary Fellowship
    Winner, 2013 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry (Parallax) Winner, 2009   Poetry Book Society Choice
    (Through the Square Window)
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