A “howdie-skelp” is the slap a midwife gives a newborn and is the title of the latest collection of poetry by Ireland Professor of Poetry Paul Muldoon (2022-2025). In Howdie-Skelp, Paul Muldoon summons the ghosts of T.S. Eliot and Dante to tell stories about our splintered realities, where the wasteland is everywhere and nowhere and Virgil is an immigrant waiter offering overpriced steak tartare. With cheeky poignancy and almost biblical satirical force, Muldoon captures the arrhythmia of our time….’ Kit Fan, The Guardian.
Introduced by poet Thomas McCarthy.
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for thirty-five years. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry including Howdie-Skelp, published by FSG and Faber and Faber in 2021. Among his awards are the 1972 Eric Gregory Award, the 1980 Sir Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2015 Pigott Poetry Prize, the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the 2020 Michael Marks Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Thomas McCarthy, born at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford and educated at University College Cork. He worked for many years at Cork City Libraries. His collections of poetry include The Sorrow Garden, The Last Geraldine Officer, Pandemonium and Prophecy (Carcanet Press, UK) . He has won The Patrick Kavanagh Award, O’Shaughnessy Award and Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize as well as The Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award. A former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review, he is a member of Aosdána. His literary diaries, POETRY, MEMORY and the PARTY: Journals 1974-2014, was published in 2022 by The Gallery Press, Dublin.
Cork World Book Fest 2023
Cork World Book Festival is back for 2023 and will welcome Irish and international writers to Cork for an extravaganza of books and writing this April. This will be the 19th edition of the popular literary festival, featuring more exciting author visits, workshops and events in Triskel, Cork City Library, Grand Parade and Tuckey Street.