Ciaran Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast where he is Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. His collections include The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti, First Language, The Twelfth of Never, Breaking News and For All We Know (Poetry Book Society Choice). Collected Poems appeared in 2008. Prose includes Last Night’s Fun, The Star Factory, Shamrock Tea and Exchange Place.
In 2013 he was shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation for In the Light Of: after Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud. Hear ‘As I Roved Out’ and read ‘Demotic Nocturne’, both from that collection.