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John F. Deane

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943; he founded Poetry Ireland - the National Poetry Society - and The Poetry Ireland Review, in 1978. He has published several collections of poetry and some fiction. He has won the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and poetry prizes from Italy and Romania. He was elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996. Shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot prize and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, he won residencies in Bavaria, Monaco and Paris.

His latest poetry collection The Instruments of Art, came from Carcanet in 2005; In Dogged Loyalty, essays on religious poetry, were published by Columba 2006; his latest fiction is The Heather Fields and Other Stories, (Blackstaff Press 2007). A forthcoming poetry collection, A Little Book of Hours, is due from Carcanet in 2008. In 2007 the French Government honoured him by making him Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres. He will be the Burns Visiting Scholar in Boston College in 2008.

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