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Michael Longley was born in Belfast where he still lives. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published twelve collections of poetry including Angel Hill (2017), which won the PEN Pinter Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Other volumes have earned him the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and the Griffin International Prize. He served as Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007 to 2010. He is married to the critic Edna Longley and has three children.

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"A contemporary who should endure over the life of our language." --Donald Hall

"One of the most perfect poets alive. There is something in his work both ancient and modern. I read him as I might check the sky for stars." --Sebastian Barry "Michael Longley's poems have matched a sense of history and the brutal present with a recurrent feeling for the lyrical moment and the fragility of experience." --James Fenton

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