Paul Durcan is one of Ireland's most popular and controversial poets. Since the publication of his first book in 1967, he has made satirical, celebratory and moving poetry out of his and his country's fortunes and misfortunes. This collection contains a number of new poems as well as poems from "Endsville", "Teresa's Bar", "The Berlin Wall Cafe", and "Going Home to Russia". The author's book "Daddy, Daddy" won the Whitbread Poetry Award in 1990.
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Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944, of County Mayo parents, and studied archaeology and medieval history at University College Cork. His first book, Endsville (with Brian Lynch), appeared in 1967, and has been followed by 17 others, including O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor (1975), Teresa's Bar (1976), Sam's Cross (1978), Jesus, Break His Fall (1980), The Selected Paul Durcan (edited by Edna Longley, Poetry Ireland Choice, 1982), Jumping the Train Tracks with Angela (1983), The Berlin Wall Cafe (Poetry Book Society Choice, 1985), Going Home to Russia (1987), Daddy, Daddy (1990), Crazy about Women (1991), Christmas Day (1996), and Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999). In 1974 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and in 1978 and 1980 received Creative Writing Bursaries from the Arts Council. Apart from Britain and Ireland, where he reads regularly, he has read in Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, the USA (where in 1985 he was resident poet at The Frost Place, New Hampshire), Canada, Holland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Catalonia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Japan. In October 1989 he received the Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award and in 1990 won the Whitbread Poetry Award. In the same year he was writer in residence at Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana and lives in Dublin.About the Author:
Paul Durcan is one of Ireland's foremost poets. He was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by more than twenty others, including The Berlin Wall Cafe (a Poetry Book Society Choice in 1985), Daddy, Daddy (winner of the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990), Cries of an Irish Caveman: New Poems (2001), The Art of Life (2004) and The Laughter of Mothers (2008). In 2009 he published a selection of his work from the previous forty years in one volume, Life is a Dream. In 2001 Paul Durcan received a Cholmondeley Award. He was the Ireland Professor of Poetry 2004-2007. In 2009 he was conferred with an honorary degree by Trinity College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana.
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0002713241
Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110002713241
Book Description The Harvill Press, United Kingdom, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Brand new paperback. 288 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 064892