Skip Links | Access/General | Site Map
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
You are here: Home >

Literature Live Event - Adapting the Inferno - Ciaran Carson and Sean O'Brien

Date: 1 November 2007 Time: 6.00 pm

Adaping the Inferno

Two of the finest modern versions of Dante's Inferno have been written by two of our finest contemporary poets: Ciaran Carson and Sean O'Brien. Both poets will be reading from their respective translations and talking about the issues they faced when rendering the Inferno into English. This is the first time both poets have presented their work together.

Ciaran Carson, poet and novelist was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1948. His collections of poetry include The Irish for No (1987), winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award; Belfast Confetti (1990), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry; and First Language: Poems (1993), winner of the T.S Eliot Prize. His prose includes The Star Factory (1997) and Fishing for Amber (1999). His most recent novel, Shamrock Tea (2001), explores themes present in Jan van Eyck's painting The Arnolfini Marriage. His translation of Dante'sInferno was published in November 2002. His most recent collection is Breaking News (2003), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). Ciaran is also an accomplished musician, and is the author of Last Night's Fund: About Time, Food and Music (1996), a study of Irish traditional music. He lives in Belfast, where he is Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University.

Sean O'Brien, poet was born in London and grew up in Hull. He was co-founder of the literary magazine The Printer's Devil and contributes reviews to newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, his poetry collections include The Indoor Park (1983), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award, The Frighteners (1987), HMS Glasshouse (1991), and Ghost Train (1995), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), as did Downriver (2001), making him the first poet to have won this prize twice. Cousin Coat: selected poems 1976-2001 was published in 2002. Inferno, his verse of Dante's Inferno, was published in 2006 and a new poetry collection, The Drowned Book, in 2007. He is the author of a collection of essays about contemporary poetry, The Deregulated Muse: Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (1998) and edited the anthology The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945 (1998). He was awarded the E.M. Forster Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993. His plays include Laughter When We're Dead, a political tragedy in verse, produced at Live Theatre in 2000 and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in 2001; Keepers of the Flame, a verse play set in the 1930s and 1990s about poetry and Fascism, staged at Live Theatre in association with the RSC in 2003; and To Encourage the Others, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004. The Birds, his new verse version of Aristophanes' Birds, was commissioned by the National Theatre in London, first staged at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2002 and revived by Threeoverden theatre company in a tour of North East England in 2006. A collection of short stories is in preparation. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, where is a Professor of Creative Writing.

The event will be chaired by Professor Paul Farley

Event website:


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing


Search FASS

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
| Home | Departments | People | Study Here | Research | Business and Enterprise | News and Events |
- FASS Intranet -

Save this page: Delicious Reddit Reddit Facebook Stumble It Stumble It!

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510851

E-mail: Email address protected by JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript to contact us.

Copyright & Disclaimer | Privacy and Cookies Notice

Save contact details

Save contact details