Paul Muldoon at the Dingle Literary Festival 2021

Location: ONLINE/Ar Líne

Date/Dáta:  Saturday 20 November 2021

Time/Am:  13.00 to 13.45 IST/GMT

Paul Muldoon in conversation with Nicholas McLachlan discussing the places that informed his life and poetry

Paul Muldoon i gcomhrá le Nicholas McLachlan, iad ag plé na n-áiteanna a chuir bonn eolais faoina shaol agus faoina chuid filíochta

Paul Muldoon Dingle Literary Festival 2021

Kerry is a special place to Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. During the summer, while he holidayed in the Kingdom, he spoke with local poet Nicholas McLachlan, an interview which took a rambling journey around the places that informed his life and poetry, from his love of Kerry to growing up on the border of Armagh and Tyrone in Northern Ireland—with so many poems to read and so much to talk about, the fascinating conversation never quite made it back to his adopted home of the United States, where Muldoon has lived for over 30 years.

Paul Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War”. After reading English at Queen’s University, Belfast, Paul Muldoon published his first collection of poems, “New Weather”, in 1973, at the age of 21. He is the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Horse Latitudes (2006). HIs latest book of poems is published this November. He is currently both the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1987. He was also Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 to 2004, and poetry editor of the New Yorker from 2007 to 2017.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 1996. Other recent awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, and the 2003 Griffin Prize.


“One of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems—word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.” — Roger Rosenblatt on Paul Muldoon in The New York Times.


Paul Muldoon interviewed by Nicholas McLachlan will be broadcast on a big screen in St James’ Church, Dingle, and online, during the festival weekend.

Nicholas McLachlan is a founding member of the committee that organises the Dingle Literary Festival and a key leader of programme of Writers’ Workshops. Nicholas is a writer and teacher of poetry and fiction. His first collection of poetry, The Rain Barrel, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015. His second collection is due in 2022. He received the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for 2016. He mentors individual writers and teaches creative writing, poetry and fiction to university, school and community groups.

Nichola Mclachlan Dingle Literary Festival

This online event was pre-recorded and will be broadcast via the internet to wherever you are. If you are in Dingle the broadcast will be shown on the Big Screen in St James Church, Main Street, Dingle. Entrance is free but seating is limited so first come…