Michael Murphy (1965-2009) won The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001 for his poem ‘An Idea of Order’. Several further poems appeared in The Poetry Review, including ‘Turf’.
His Collected Poems was published posthumously by Shoestring Press in 2009. Gwyneth Lewis wrote: “Michael Murphy’s poetry is an heroic body of work – elegant, unwavering in its commitment to love, poetry and the sheer power of attention. There’s more about beauty here than can be contained in one life.” Previous collections included Allotments (2007) and After Attila. He was also the author of books on James Joyce (2004) and Marcel Proust (2007). He edited volumes by Kenneth Allott (2008) and George Garrett (1999), and edited with Deryn Rees-Jones Writing Liverpool, a book of essays and interviews (2007).
Born in Liverpool, Michael lived in the city until his death from a brain tumour at the age of 43.
The Michael Murphy Prize was founded in his memory, for a distinctive first volume of poetry in English published in Britain or Ireland, and has been awarded annually since 2011.