Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

Michael Longley and

Fanny Howe


introduced by Vona Groarke

Date: Saturday March 25th
Venue: Pavilion Theatre
Time: 6pm
Cost: €15 / €12 Concession
Age: Adults

Two distinguished, cherished poets — a not-to-be-missed evening of poetry.

Michael Longley’s ten collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Hawthornden Prize. His latest book, The Stairwell, won the Griffin International Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He lives and works with his wife, the critic Edna Longley, in Belfast and iin County Mayo.

‘A language for the heart is certainly my goal,’
Fanny Howe says in a recent interview.
‘Not sentimental, but perilous.’ 

Indeed Howe’s lifelong, fearless voyages in language have made her a lodestar presence in U.S. and international poetry. Howe has written numerous books of fiction, essays and poetry, published most recently by Graywolf Press. She has won the prestigious Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Poetry Foundation.  Her collection Second Childhood, wasa Finalist for the National Book Award 2014.  She was a Finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Award.  Her newest collection, The Needles Eye, was published last year.  She lives in Massachusetts.

Michael Longley and Fanny Howe