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19–20 November 2021 | Trinity College Dublin

After his death last year, Derek Mahon was described by Paul Muldoon as ‘one of the great poets in English, one of the few whose technical brilliance was somehow adequate to the successive terrors of our age’. Held at Trinity College Dublin, where Mahon studied and later returned as the college’s first Writer Fellow, this commemorative symposium will examine and celebrate his extraordinary body of writing. Bringing together leading poets and scholars from across the island of Ireland and beyond, it will feature keynote lectures from Lucy Collins, Hugh Haughton and Edna Longley, readings from Harry Clifton, Leontia Flynn, Michael Longley and Paula Meehan, and contributions from John Banville, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Gerald Dawe, among many others.

The symposium is being organised by the School of English in association with Poetry Ireland, with kind support from the Trinity Foundation and the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund. It will be free to all. Further details on the full programme of speakers and how to register to attend will be listed here in due course.

Organising Committee

Philip Coleman
Nicholas Grene (Chair)
Rosie Lavan
Eve Patten
Tom Walker