Our second double bill of the afternoon brings together another two outstanding poets. Join Paul Farley, shortlisted for this year’s T.S. Eliot Prize, and Tara Bergin, previously shortlisted for both the 2017 T.S. Eliot Award and the Forward Prize, as they make sense of the natural and the urban, actual and imaginative worlds we live in.
Paul Farley was born in Liverpool and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You (1998) and Dark Film (2012), and a Selected Poems (2014). His work has received many accolades, including the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. A regular broadcaster, he has written and hosted many arts features and documentaries for BBC Radio, and in 2012 presented a two-part programme called Goethe and the West-Eastern Divan for BBC Radio 3. His new collection, The Mizzy, is just out and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Lancaster University, where he is Professor of Poetry.
Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Co. Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two poetry collections, This Is Yarrow (2013) and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes, and chosen as a Best Poetry Book of the year by The Times and the Irish Times. The process and influence of literary translation was the topic of her PhD research, and has preoccupied much of her writing since. She lives in the Yorkshire Dales and lectures part-time at Newcastle University.