Sinéad Morrissey and Michael Symmons Roberts
in the company of Mia Gallagher
in association with Poetry Ireland
A pair of the finest contemporary poets of recent times come together to read and discuss their work with Mia Gallagher. Forward Poetry Prize winners Michael Symmons Roberts and Sinéad Morrissey take inspiration from the cities where they live. Michael Symmons Roberts' latest collection Mancunia
reminds us that we live in cities imaginatively and "actually". In On Balance
, Sinéad Morrissey is at home in Belfast for the most part, exploring the deep gravitational forces that hold the world together. Prize–winning author, Mia Gallagher's latest novel Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland
is set in Dublin, its characters are also searching for answers allowing their minds to roam beyond Ireland, to Berlin, Bohemia and Brighton. All three remind us that we are sometimes painfully adjacent to our lives, shallow–rooted, trying to take hold.
Sinéad Morrissey was born in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and raised in Belfast. She earned her BA and PhD at Trinity College Dublin. After years of traveling and teaching abroad, she currently lives in Belfast, where she was appointed the city's inaugural poet laureate in 2014. Morrissey is the author of five books of poetry: There Was Fire in Vancouver , Between Here and There, The State of the Prisons, Through the Square Window, and Parallax and Selected Poems. Parallax won the TS Eliot prize and is nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award. In her review of Parallax in the Telegraph, Charolette Runcie wrote that the book, “is an ambitious and complex collection, which takes as its broad theme the distance between what we see and how things really are.” Morrissey has also received the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and first place in the 2007 UK National Poetry Competition.
Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1963. He has published six collections of poetry and received a number of accolades including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Mia Gallagher is a novelist whose most recent novel is Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland.