MEMBERS of the public and poetry enthusiasts are being offered the opportunity to hear one of the country’s most exciting poets give a reading at UL next week.
Martin Dyar, from Co Mayo, is the 2018 Arts Council UL Writer in Residence and also an award-winning poet. His work is now on the Leaving Certificate poetry syllabus and has been included in several high-profile anthologies. His debut poetry collection Maiden Names was described as ‘a thrilling new development in Irish poetry’ and was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award.
He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, the Raftery Award in 2006, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001.
Martin holds an MA in English Literature from NUI Galway and a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College, where he taught for ten years in the TCD School of Medicine.
He was a fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and a writer in residence at the Washington Ireland Programme. Martin has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the life and music of Thomas Moore and his current projects include a song cycle created with the composer Ryan Molloy and soprano Francesca Placanica, which will premiere later this year. He will read in the Millstream Common Room in UL on February 7 at 1pm.