Michael Longley
Agent(s): Araminta Whitley
© Bobbie Hanvey

Michael Longley is one of Ireland’s leading poets. His collections have received many awards, among them the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the Librex Montale Prize. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, one of the rarest British honours for literary achievement, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal. In 2015 he was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast, where he and his wife the critic Edna Longley live and work, and in 2022 he was awarded the prestigious Feltrinelli International Poetry Prize for a lifetime’s achievement. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of Aosdana.

His upcoming poetry collection, Ash Keys, will be published in July 2024.