Ciaran O'Driscoll. Courtesy Twitter.

Ciaran O'Driscoll (born 1943) is an Irish poet.

Life[edit | edit source]

O’Driscoll was born in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, and presently lives in Limerick. He is a retired lecturer from the School of Art and Design at the Limerick Institute of Technology.

He has read from his work and lectured on art and literature at various venues in Europe and America, and his poetry has been translated into French, German, Irish, Italian, Hungarian, Russian, Scots Gaelic, Serbo-Croat, Slovenian and Spanish. He has also translated French and Italian poetry into English.

Vecchie Donne di Magione (a collection of his poems with Italian translations by Rita Castigli) was published by Volumnia Editrice, Perugia, in 2006. His Selected Poems in Slovene translations Nadzorovanje Ziivljenja (Life Monitor) was published by Kud France Preseren, Ljubljana, in 2013.

Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves, in 2001 while Pighog Press published his novel A Year’s Midnight in 2012. He is a Committee Member of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival.

Writing[edit | edit source]

Reviewing O'Dricoll's poetry collection Life Monitor in the Irish Times, Eamonn Grennan called him "a poet in confident possession and exercise of his craft. [His] poems do what good poems should do, widening and deepening the world for the rest of us."

Recognition[edit | edit source]

O'Driscoll has won a number of awards for his work, including a Bursary in Literature from the Irish Arts Council (1983), the James Joyce Literary Millennium Prize (1989), and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry (2000).

In 2007, he was elected to Aosdána, an institution established by the Irish Arts Council to honour Irish artists and writers who have made an outstanding contribution to art and literature.

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Gog and Magog. Upper Fairhill, Galway, Ireland: Salmon, 1987.
  • The Poet and His Shadow. Dublin: Dedalus, 1990.
  • The Myth of the South (chapbook). Dublin: Dedalus, 1992.
  • Listening to Different Drummers. Dublin: Dedalus, 1993.
  • The Old Women of Magione. Dublin: Dedalus, 1997.
  • Moving On, Still There: New and Selected Poems. Dublin: Dedalus, 2001.
  • Surreal Man: 21 poems (chapbook). Brighton, UK: Pighog, 2006.
  • Life Monitor. Cork, Ireland: Three Spires Press, 2009.
  • The Speaking Trees (chapbook), Dublin: SurVision Press, 2018.

Novel[edit | edit source]

  • A Year's Midnight. Brighton, UK: Pighog, 2012.

Non-fiction[edit | edit source]

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

See also[edit | edit source]


Ciaran O'Driscoll, The Poem I Wrote Today

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Search results = au: Ciaran O'Driscoll, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 23, 2014.

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