W.R. Rodgers (1909-1969)

W.R. Rodgers was born in Belfast in 1909. He became a Presbyterian Minister in 1935 and served in Loughgall, Co. Armagh, until 1946 when he moved to London to work for the BBC.

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W.R. RodgersHe published two collections of poems, Awake! and Other Poems (1941) and Europa and the Bull and Other Poems (1952). His most celebrated radio feature is The Return Room, a colourful account of his Belfast childhood.

He died in California in 1969. Collected Poems appeared in 1971. Poems (1993, edited by Michael Longley) was published by The Gallery Press.


The vividness of W R Rodgers’ work was projected partly as an assault on religious narrowness and cultural restriction. His most characteristic poems explore Christian themes, or express an open-faced and big-hearted randiness, or both.

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Aidan Carl MatthewsAidan Carl Mathews was born in 1956 and educated at UCD, TCD, and Stanford University. He has published three collections of poetry, WindfallsMinding Ruth (Gallery, 1983) and According to the Small Hours (1998). He has published short stories: Adventures in a Bathyscope (which was shortlisted for the GPA Award), Lipstick on the Host and Charlie Chaplin's Wishbone (2016, Lilliput) and a novel, Muesli at Midnight. Other awards include an Irish Times Award, Patrick Kavanagh Award, Macauley Fellowship and an Academy of American Poets Award.

His plays include Exit/Entrance (Gallery 1990), The Diamond BodyThe Antigone, a new version of The House of Bernarda Alba and Communion (2003). He edited Immediate ManCuimhní ar Chearbhall Ó Dálaigh. He works as a radio drama producer in RTE.

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Minding Ruth

Aidan Mathews’ first volume Windfalls, distinguished in itself, gave promise for the future. Minding Ruth fulfils, if it does not indeed go beyond the expectations roused by that first volume. — Seamus Deane

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