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Alan Gillis

The first time I looked into Alan Gillis’s poetry, I was completely taken by it. Even though there was so much to take in at first glance, I was immediately hooked by its linguistic exuberance, its intelligence, its black humour, its sometimes zany flights of imagination that are grounded in an emotional reality . . . the poems are often gloriously funny, formally brilliant, jinking deftly between streetwise talk and mordant rhetoric. 

— Ciaran Carson

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Alan Gillis by Peter MackayAlan Gillis was born in Belfast in 1973 and lives in Scotland where he is Lecturer in English at The University of Edinburgh.

His first collection, Somebody, Somewhere (2004) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for best first collection. Hawks and Doves (2007), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Here Comes the Night was published in 2010 followed by Scapegoat in 2014. He was selected as a “Next Generation Poet” by the UK’s Poetry Book Society in 2014. 

In addition, Alan Gillis has co-edited numerous volumes of criticism, including, with Fran Brearton, the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), The Edinburgh Introduction to Studying English Literature (2010), and Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture (2001). He is the author of Irish Poetry of the 1930’s, published by Oxford University Press in 2005.


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The bravura of Alan Gillis’s blend of dialect and formal shape is displayed throughout this thrilling collection.

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