A magnificently consistent and far-ranging oeuvre that engages with questions of longing and belonging, aesthetics and politics, home and exile, culture and environment, at a pitch unmatched in modern poetry.
— Hugh Haughton
A poet of prodigious gifts who has enriched contemporary literature and continues to astonish and delight.
— Patricia Craig
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Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941, and now lives in Kinsale, County Cork. A member of Aosdána, he has 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.
His work for the theatre includes versions of Moliere’s The School for Wives and High Time, Racine’s Phaedra, The Bacchae (after Euripides), Cyrano de Bergerac (a new version of Rostand’s ‘heroic comedy’) which was produced at London’s National Theatre in 2004 and Oedipus (after Sophocles) which was published in 2005. In 2013 his collected plays, Theatre, was published.
Limited Signed Editions have also appeared from The Gallery Press — Somewhere the Wave with drawings and watercolours by Bernadette Kiely (2008) and Rising Late with paintings and drawings by Donald Teskey (2017).
Against The Clock
‘The most thrilling literary event of the year is the unexpected late harvest of marvellous poems from Derek Mahon, Against the Clock.
— Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times Books of the Year, 2018