Sinead Morrissey received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry.
Sinead Morrissey was born in Portadown in 1972. She lived in Belfast until 1990. She read English and German at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1990 she received the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry, the youngest poet ever to be recognised in this way. Her first book, There Was Fire in Vancouver, won her an Eric Gregory Award and was published by Carcanet in 1996. She lived and taught in Japan, worked in New Zealand, and returned to Northern Ireland where she is now studying for a PhD at Trinity College. She was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1999 and featured in Carcanet's New Poetries II.