Two of the world’s leading poets will read together as part of the3rd British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference at the University of Manchester. Seamus Heaney was born in Co. Derry in 1939 and studied and taught at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995 for ‘works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.’ He has continued to set the standard for how poetry might respond to the late 20th and now early 21st century. His books include Finders Keepers, The Spirit Level, District and Circle and Human Chain.
Paul Muldoon was born in Co. Armagh and now lives in the US. He is currently Professor in the Humanities at Princeton and has won the Pulitzer Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Shakespeare Prize. His poetry collections include Moy Sand and Gravel, Horse Latitudes, Poems 1968-1998 and The Word on the Street.