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James Harpur

James Harpur has had five books of poetry published by Anvil Press, including his latest, Angels and Harvesters (2012), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Dark Age (2007) won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the 1995 British National Poetry Competition, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric Gregory Award, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His poems have been published in national newspapers such as The Irish Times, The Guardian and The Independent and broadcast on national radio, including RTE 1 and BBC Radio 4. He has been included in many anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber 2001), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe 2008), and The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword Editions 2009).

James is a poetry editor, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. He is currently poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and former poetry editor of Southword, an Irish poetry journal. He has adjudicated the Strokestown International Poetry Competition, the Michael Hartnett Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, the Exeter Cathedral Poetry Competition and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

He has conducted workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Lancaster University, Galway University, and at many other venues and locations in Ireland and the UK. He has also mentored and tutored published and beginner poets.

He is a regular performer of his poetry at festivals and poetry venues, including the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin and the ICA and the Voice Box (South Bank Centre) in London. He has held writing residencies at the Princess Grace Kelly Irish Library, Monaco, the Munster Literature Centre in Cork and at Exeter Cathedral in the UK.

He lives in West Cork, Ireland, and is a member of Aosdána. He has just finished writing his first novel, The Last Messiah, currently on submission.

The Last Messiah

Literary fiction
The Geraldine Cooke Agency
Ireland
2016