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Dennis O'Driscoll has died at the age of 58 | 29-Dec-12

Sadly, Dennis O'Driscoll has died.
Dennis O'Driscoll was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland on the 1st of January, 1954.  He died on Monday 24 December, 2012.  He was married to the poet Julie O'Callaghan, who wrote a poem about him called 'Bookworm' in 1983 -- this poem may be found in Tell Me This Is Normal: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008). 

Dennis O'Driscoll has published nine books of poetry, three chapbooks and a collection of essays and reviews. He has also edited and compiled contemporary quotations about poets and poetry, and published a book of his interviews with Seamus Heaney.  His second collection of essays, The Outnumbered Poet, and A Michael Hamburger Reader (edited by Dennis O'Driscoll) are forthcoming.

His awards include a Lannan Literary Award, the E.M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the Center for Irish Studies in Minnesota, and the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature by University College, Dublin in 2009.
He has also judged many major awards, including the Griffin Poetry Prizes, T.S. Eliot Prize, Cholmondeley Awards (Society of Authors) and Geoffrey Faber Award.

His poetry publications include Kist (Dolmen Press, 1982), Hidden Extras (Anvil Press, London/Dedalus Press, Dublin, 1987), Long Story Short (Anvil Press/Dedalus Press, 1993), Quality Time (Anvil Press, 1997), Weather Permitting (Anvil Press, 1999), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize 2001, Exemplary Damages (Anvil Press, 2002), Reality Check (Anvil Press, 2007/ Copper Canyon Press, 2008), shortlisted for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize, and Dear Life (Anvil Press, 2012; Copper Canyon Press, 2013).  His New and Selected Poems (Anvil Press, 2004) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.  His three chapbooks are The Bottom Line (Dedalus Editions, 1994), 50 O'Clock (Happy Dragons Press, UK, 2005) and All the Living (Traffic Street Press, Minnesota, 2008).  The Poetry Library holds reference and loan copies of these publications.

You may read an obituary in the Irish Independent here.

Tribute in the Enniscorthy Guardian by poet and Irish president Michael D Higgins.

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