Michael Longley has published eleven books of poetry, including his Collected Poems, which appeared in 2006. His most recent collection, Angel Hill, came out in June 2017, as did Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015. His previous collection, The Stairwell (2014), won the Griffin International Prize. He published a pamphlet, A Stream’s Tattle, in 2019. In 2001 Longley received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and he has won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the Hawthornden Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He is a Freeman of the City of Belfast. Michael Longley was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 he was Ireland’s Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal: an international poetry prize awarded by Toyama Prefecture, Japan.
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