Billy Collins

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Poet Mary Oliver, with her dog Ricky, at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida in 2013. Photograph: Angel Valentine/The New York Times

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work, with its plain language and minute attention to the natural world, drew a wide following while (...)

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, run by Ireland’s The Moth magazine,  has an alluring €13,000 prize fund and   a closing date of December 31st, making it the ultimate way for poets to to ring in the new year

Poets don’t write poetry to make money. That would be absurd. But there’s no doubt that the growing number of poetry prizes makes it much more of an (...)

WC Fields’s dictum urging artists to avoid working with children and animals is widely known. It might then strike us as somewhat curious that cert(...)

Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan:“He is the real entrepreneur,” says Rebecca, “whereas I am a big square.I would never have gone down this route without Will.”

Their eyes met over an “outrageous” model in a life drawing class in London in 2006. In a meet-cute worthy of Nora Ephron, they had nowhere else to(...)

Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor of The Irish Times, who has published his eighth collection, A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press)

‘A man . . . innocently dabbles in words and rhymes and finds that it is his life . . .” That well-known remark of Patrick Kavanagh’s now strikes a(...)

Billy Collins: ‘It is like an eye chart, with its big E at the top, and the letters getting less legible as it moves along. A poem should be like that’

‘The idea of a popular poet is a bit of an oxymoron in people’s minds,” says Billy Collins, the luminary lyricist and former American poet laureate(...)

Philip Larkin on reading his poetry to audiences: ‘I don’t want to go around pretending to be me.’ Photograph: Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

‘For poetry readings, the general rule is that if the poet is outnumbered it is a success.” This remark by the poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch infor(...)

Composite photograph of the six Collins brothers who fought in the first World War: Stephen (died), Joseph Christopher (missing, injured), John (died), Michael (died), Paddy (died), William (survived).

I’ve never watched Saving Private Ryan. An aversion to violence, bloodshed and the sad inevitability of war films means I haven’t seen the epic 27-(...)

When I cast my mind back through the plays I’ve seen, different memories offer themselves: electric moments that still seem vivid but soften at the ed(...)

Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, who will be taking part in this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, which begins on August 8th

Secret concerts, artists-in-residence, a grand ensemble finale and surprise guests are all in store for this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF), whi(...)

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