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The Stairwell
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In his 75th year, the tenth collection by the greatest living Northern Irish poetWinner of the 2015 Griffin Poetry PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize

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Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published ten collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and The Weather in Japan (2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen?s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007-2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.

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"It is...the warmth in Longley's writing that marks his poems out, makes them cherishable. Never forced, that affection is simply there." -- Kate Kellaway * Observer *
"Longley's 10th collection weaves his classical themes of war, family and flaura and fauna into measured songs of commemoration for those he has loved." -- Paul McCartney * Sunday Times *
"A book of tiny, delicately lyrical commemorations and commendations." * Tablet *
"The Stairwell...is a stupendous collection of quiet beauty and universal significance." -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail *
"The book I have loved best, and have gone back to again and again." -- Adam Nicolson * Evening Standard *

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