Michael Longley


Michael Longley  was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical  Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published ten collections of poetry including  Gorse Fires  (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and  The Weather in Japan  (2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the  Irish Times  Poetry Prize. His  Collected Poems  was published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen ‘s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007 €“2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.