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Poet and playwright Paula Meehan was born and reared in the north inner city of Dublin. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin and at Eastern Washington University in the United States. She has published six original collections of poetry, the most recent, Painting Rain, in 2009. She has written plays for both adults and children, including Cell and The Wolf of Winter. Music for Dogs: works for radio, collects three plays concerned with suicide during the ecumenic boom years in Ireland. Selections of her poetry have been published in French, German, Galician, Japanese, Estonian, Greek, and smaller selections published in other languages including Irish. Some of her poems have been set to music by artists as diverse as Christy Moore, the folksinger, and John W. Brennan, the avant garde composer, and she has collaborated with dancers, visual artists and film makers over the years. Among other awards she has received the Butler Literary Award for Poetry presented by the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award for Dharmakaya, published in 2000, and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. Dedalus Press have recently republished Mysteries of the Home, a selection of seminal poems from the 1980’s and the 1990’s. She was honoured with election to Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, in 1996.
Theo Dorgan is a poet, novelist, translator, editor, librettist, documentary screen writer and non-fiction prose author. Among his awards, the most recent is the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, 2010. He is the author of 5 collections of poetry, the most recent of which, GREEK (2010), has been published in Italian translation as ELLENICA — as was a selected poems LA CASA AI MARGINI DEL MUNDO; SAPPHO’S DAUGHTER was published in Spanish as LA HIJA DE SAFO. His libretto, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, was the first text ever commissioned by the Royal Albert Hall, London. Dorgan has published two non-fiction accounts of sailing journeys: SAILING FOR HOME, was hailed by Doris Lessing as “a book for everyone”, while TIME ON THE OCEAN is considered a contemporary classic of the sea. His first novel, MAKING WAY, has just appeared, and three further books are forthcoming in 2013: an anthology of poems he has edited, WHAT WE FOUND THERE; a collection of essays he has edited, FOUNDATION STONE: notes towards a constitution for a 21st century republic, and a major new collection of poems. He has previously edited or co-edited a wide variety of books — essays on history and politics, poetry anthologies, a collection of literary essays and the unique manuscript volume, containing the work of 245 contributors, THE GREAT BOOK OF IRELAND/LEABHAR MÓR NA hÉIREANN. He is a member of Aosdána.