Stephen Sexton Graduation- Monday 3rd July

Talented ‘UK National Poetry’ winner graduates with PhD


Stephen Sexton, will today (Monday 3 July) graduate with a Doctorate of Poetry and Creative Writing from the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s.

A talented poet already in his own right, Stephen won the ‘UK National Poetry 2017’ competition for his poem ‘The Curfew’. This prestigious award has previously been won by former Queen’s academics Medbh McGuckian and Sinead Morrissey, who won in 1979 and 2009 respectively.

Speaking ahead of his graduation ceremony, Stephen said: “Queen's has provided me with many exciting opportunities and the chance to meet and talk to many internationally renowned writers. I’ve also made many great friends here and enjoyed the entire university experience.

“A recent highlight for me was when I attended a Seamus Heaney commemorative conference, in which I got a wider understanding of the worldwide significance of Heaney’s works.”

After graduation, Stephen plans to enjoy the summer and go travelling.

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