Listen back to RTÉ Poetry Programme’s Derek Mahon tribute on https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/11257587
The programme was aired on Sunday 29 November with contributions from Gerald Dawe, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Sinéad Morrissey and Peter Fallon as well as recordings of Derek reading some of his poems.
Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941. A member of Aosdána, he received numerous awards including the Irish Academy of Letters Award, the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize, and Lannan and Guggenheim Fellowships. In recognition of his ‘lifetime’s achievement’ Derek Mahon received the David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2007. He published many works with The Gallery Press including the collection Washing Up, published on 29 October 2020.