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Visit by Paul Muldoon

Date: 7-8 May 2013

Venue: Reading - Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University

Paul Muldoon 7-8th May 2013.

Nuffield Theatre: Wednesday 8th May at 7pm, preceded by a drinks reception (Nuffield foyer and bar) at 6pm.

The Department of English & Creative Writing, in association with the Department of Linguistics, is delighted to welcome Professor Paul Muldoon to Lancaster. During his two days here at Lancaster, Paul will be hosting a masterclass with postgraduate and research students, offering tutorials to students, and on the evening of 8th May will be giving a reading from his work, followed by a conversation with Professor Paul Farley.

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen's University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the BBC. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor at The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he held the Oxford Professorship of Poetry.

Paul Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War". Rising to prominence as the youngest member of a group of Northern Irish poets that included Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon, and beginning with New Weather in 1973, he has produced a body of work that has already proved hugely influential. He has received many awards for this work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.

He has written libretti for several operas, but also worked as a rock lyricist, including collaborations with the late Warren Zevon as well as with his own, Princeton-based outfit Rackett, and the Wayside Shrines collective. The latter have just released a new album 'The Word on the Street', which is also the title of Paul's latest collection, a book of music lyrics released this spring.

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