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We were saddened to hear about the death of the poet Ciaran Carson, who came to the Newcastle Poetry Festival last year.

Throughout his life Carson won several literary awards, including the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. he was appointed Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. His translation of Dante’s Inferno (2002) was awarded the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and in 2003 he was made an honorary member of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association.

Carson wrote fourteen collections of poems, including The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti, The Twelfth of Never, First Language, Opera Et Cetera, The New Estate and Other Poems (1988), Breaking News, (Forward Prize), For All We Know (Poetry Book Society Choice; shortlisted for 2008 T S Eliot prize), Collected Poems (2008), On the Night Watch (2009) and Until Before After (2010). His translations include The Alexandrine Plan, The Midnight Court, The Inferno of Dante Aligheri, The Táin, In the Light Of (2012) and From Elsewhere (October 2014). 

Still Life is due for publication from Gallery Press later this month and is available to pre-order through the PBS with your member discount,


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