Duration 60 Mins

Miriam Gamble will be reading in place of Victoria Kennefick

We are delighted to welcome three brilliant poets to the stage, poets who write with passion and intellect, playfully exploring the emotional depths of poetry.

Nick Laird’s most recent collection, Up Late, was published in 2023, and the book’s title poem was the winner of the 2022 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. 

Miriam Gamble’s most recent collection What Planet was the winner of the Pigott Poetry Prize. She is launching a new collection of essays Little Acts of Vigilance this month.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s work is wry and witty, and her most recent collection Tanya, is published by Bloodaxe.


Miriam Gamble has published three books of poems with Bloodaxe Books: The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019). What Planet won the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize; Miriam has also received the Somerset Maugham Award (for The Squirrels Are Dead), an Eric Gregory Award, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award. Originally from Belfast, she’s lived in Scotland since 2010 and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Little Acts of Vigilance, published by The Lifeboat, is her first essay collection.

Nick Laird was born in County Tyrone in 1975. Novelist, screenwriter and poet, his awards include the Betty Trask Prize, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is the Seamus Heaney Chair of Poetry at Queens’ University, Belfast, and his most recent book is Up Late (2023).    

Brenda Shaughnessy is the Okinawan-Irish American author of seven poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum, which was a New York Times 2019 Notable Book, Tanya, (Knopf, 2023, Bloodaxe 2024) and Liquid Flesh: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2022.)  Recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the James Laughlin Award. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in West Orange, New Jersey.

Event Location

The Mick Lally Theatre

Druid Lane,

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