Connie Roberts’s poems  speak about things we would rather not address, in particular her experience of violence at the hands of her father

Connie Roberts won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Award in 2013 and received an Arts Council bursary for the work which is gathered in L(...)

 Paul Muldoon at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2012. Photograph: Tony Pleavin

For 40 years Paul Muldoon’s rococo artfulness has been a standing rebuke to poetry’s more mundane and literal tendencies. Obsessively formalist, Muldo(...)

Track records: Derek Walcott with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire in 1989, three years before Walcott received the Nobel Prize. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In 1988 in Dún Laoghaire, Derek Walcott took part in a round-table discussion with Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. By then identified wi(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Seán Lysaght: reads the natural world. Photograph: Jan von Holleben / The Gallery Press

Seán Lysaght’s new collection, Carnival Masks (Gallery Press, €18.50), begins with Lysaght’s speciality, lyrics that ari(...)

Maurice Riordan: the creaturely and animal poems in his fourth collection strike out in a new direction

Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer (Faber, £12.99), continues to mine the rich material that was at the heart of his outstanding 2(...)