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John McAuliffe

His book is every bit as good as I hoped it would be. McAuliffe’s got the gift. Mark the name. His sure hand is apparent in every line: syntax and pulse in the service of experience. This poet’s sense of shape and design provides structures that highlight his felicities of movement, texture and observation. No cheap flourishes, no ingratiating mannerisms, just the real stuff, hard-won, handsomely brought off. This guy’s the total package, as we say over here about our young, star athletes.

— August Kleinzahler

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John McAuliffeJohn McAuliffe was born in 1973 and grew up in Listowel, County Kerry.  He studied English Literature in Galway, before moving, in 2002, to the UK where he still lives.

He has published six collections with The Gallery Press. His first, A Better Life (2002), was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His second collection Next Door was published in 2007, Of All Places (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation) in 2011 and The Way In (2015). His fifth collection, The Kabul Olympics, was published in April 2020 and was an Observer Poetry Book of the Month. John McAuliffe’s Selected Poems was published in October 2021.

He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and Associate Publisher at Carcanet Press.  He co-edits PN Review and The Manchester Review, as well as writing for other publications, and he previously worked as chief poetry critic at the Irish Times and as Deputy Chair of the Irish Arts Council.

John has read and taught at many festivals and universities around Ireland, the UK and the US, where he was Visiting Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2010.

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Selected Poems - John McAuliffe

Selected Poems

Over twenty years John McAuliffe’s five books have given his readers a great abundance.

Selected Poems shows for the first time the range of ‘one of the most gifted and versatile poets of his generation’ (Poetry Book Society).

€13.90 pb
€20.00 hb



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John McAuliffe reads ‘Snow’ from Of All Places (2011).

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John McAuliffe reads ‘Old Style’ from Of All Places (2011).

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John McAuliffe reads ‘Aerialist’.

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