Poetry Ireland, in association with Cork University Press, Clutag Press and Books Upstairs, present a celebration of Richard Murphy's poetry, to mark his 90th birthday. With guest contributors Gerald Dawe and John Banville.
Richard Murphy (b. 1927) is one of Ireland’s leading poets. Currently living in retirement in Sri Lanka, he has recently published In Search of Poetry (Clutag Press, 2017) and a new edition of his classic memoir The Kick: A Memoir of the Poet Richard Murphy (Cork UP, 2017).
The author of such signature poems as ‘Sailing to an Island’, ‘The Cleggan Disaster’, ‘The Battle of Aughrim’ and ‘Seals at High Island’, Richard Murphy remains a unique voice in Irish poetry, linking Irish and Anglo-Irish traditions. His life and work have criss-crossed with the lives of several other celebrated authors: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, John Montague, Theodore Roethke and Philip Larkin among them. His definitive Poems: 1952-2012 (Lilliput Press, 2013) was described by Peter Sirr in Poetry Ireland Review as exhibiting an “unforgettable music” and by John Burnside in his Poetry Book Society Special Commendation as displaying a “magisterial command and attentiveness to the textures of the real”.