WEDNESDAY 7th FEBRUARY | 1 PM. MILLSTREAM COMMON ROOM, UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
A READING BY 2018 ARTS COUNCIL UL WRITER IN RESIDENCE | MARTIN DYAR
Formerly a fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, and a writer in residence at the Washington Ireland Programme, Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford, County Mayo. He holds an MA in English Literature from NUI Galway and a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, where for ten years he taught in the TCD School of Medicine. He has also taught writing at Southern Illinois University and at NUI Galway.
His debut poetry collection Maiden Names, described by the poet Bernard O’Donoghue as ‘a thrilling new development in Irish poetry’, was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, the Raftery Award in 2006, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001.
His work has been added to the Leaving Cert prescribed poetry syllabus and has been included in several high-profile anthologies. Having established himself as one of the finest poets of his generation, Dyar turned his hand to drama in 2010, writing a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the life and music of the Irish poet Thomas Moore.
His current projects include a song cycle created with the composer Ryan Molloy and the soprano Francesca Placanica, which will premiere in October, 2018.