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Kevin Crossley-Holland

A Life in Poetry

Michael Longley Interviewed by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

Celebrated Northern Irish poet Michael Longley talks to fellow poet Kevin Crossley-Holland about his life and work. 

Longley has published 11 collections of poetry over a long writing career that stretches back to 1965. His 2017 collection, Angel Hill, won the PEN Pinter prize.  The chair of the judges, Don Paterson, said: “For decades now his effortlessly lyric and fluent poetry has been wholly suffused with the qualities of humanity, humility and compassion, never shying away from the moral complexity that comes from seeing both sides of an argument.” Longley is also a winner of the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize, and a holder of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. His work is marked both by commentary on the troubled politics of Northern Ireland and sharp observation of the natural world.

Here he talks to Crossley-Holland, his first editor at Macmillan. Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet, translator and children’s writer. His Arthur Trilogy novel The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and his most recent collection of poetry is The Breaking Hour.

This event is part of the festival’s Irish programme.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018 partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services