English Language Poets in University College Cork, 1970–1980


Features a preface by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, the current Ireland Professor of Poetry

Includes excerpts from interviews with the poets as well as archival materials

Represents the first study of the poetry of a generation of poets who attended University College Cork in the 1970s and early 1980s

This book looks at a cohort of poets who studied at University College Cork during the 1970s and early 1980s. Based on extensive interviews and archival work, the book examines the notion that the poets form a “generation” in sociological terms. It proposes an analysis of the work of the poets, studying the thematics and preoccupations that shape their oeuvre. Among the poets that figure in the book are Greg Delanty, Theo Dorgan, Seán Dunne, Gerry Murphy, Thomas McCarthy, Gregory O’Donoghue, and Maurice Riordan. The volume is prefaced by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

Clíona Ní Ríordáin is Professor of English at  Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France, where she teaches Irish literature and translation studies and directs the research group, ERIN (EA PRISMES 4398). Her recent publications include the anthology Jeune Poésie d’Irlande (2015),  with Paul Bensimon, and Memoranda to MacNeice (2019) with Anne Goarzin. 

Press review: Colette Sheridan, ‘New book looks at Cork’s golden generation of poets’, The Irish Examiner, 28 April 2020.