Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Medbh McGuckian
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Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast and educated at a Dominican convent and Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked as a teacher and an editor. Her association with Queen’s has been long; as a student she was a contemporary of Paul Muldoon and took classes with Seamus Heaney, receiving her BA in 1972 and MA in 1974. She was writer-in-residence in previous years and is currently a lecturer in creative writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. She lives in Belfast.


Portrait of Joanna (Ulsterman, 1980)
Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems (Interim Press, 1980)
The Flower Master (Oxford University Press, 1982)
The Greenhouse (Steane, 1983)
Venus and the Rain (Oxford University Press, 1984)
On Ballycastle Beach (Oxford University Press, 1988)
Marconi’s Cottage (Gallery Books, 1991)
Captain Lavender (Gallery Books, 1994)
Selected Poems: 1978-1994 (Gallery Books, 1997)
Shelmalier (Gallery Books, 1998)
Drawing Ballerinas (Gallery Books, 2001)
The Face of the Earth (Gallery Books, 2002)
The Book of the Angel (Gallery Books, 2004)
The Currach Requires No Harbours (Gallery Press, 2006)
My Love Has fared Inland (Gallery Press, 2008)

National Poetry Competition (1979)
Eric Gregory Award (1980)
Ireland Arts Council Award (1982)
Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (1982)
Alice Hunt Bartlett Award (1983)
The Cheltenham Prize (1989)
Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) (2002)

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