Paul Durcan was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 16 October 1944.
He was educated at University College, Cork, where he studied
archaeology and medieval history.
In 1974 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and published his first
collection O Westport in the Light of Asia
in 1975. Subsequent collections include The Selected Paul Durcan
(1982), Jesus and Angela (1988) and Cries of an Irish
Caveman: New Poems (2001), a central theme of which is death
and disintegration. His 1985 collection, The Berlin Wall Café,
a series of poems about the break-up of his marriage, was a Poetry
Book Society choice and is regarded by many critics as his most
He was Poet in Residence
at the Frost Place, New Hampshire, in 1985, and Writer in Residence
at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1990. He was awarded the Irish American
Cultural Institute Poetry Award in 1989 and his collection Daddy,
Daddy (1990) won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He was joint winner
of the 1995 Heinemann Award. His most recent collections of poetry are
The Art of Life (2004), and
The Laughter of Mothers (2008).
Paul Durcan lives in Dublin.
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