Professor Ciaran Carson

Professor Ciaran Carson

Seamus Heaney Chair of Poetry

Director  (Retired 2015)

Ciaran Carson has retired as director of the Seamus Heaney Centre, but is still  attached to it part-time, moderating the Belfast Writers’ Group and a postgraduate poetry workshop. He has published some two dozen books of poetry, prose and translation, most recently From Elsewhere,  translations from the work of the French poet Jean Follain, paired with poems inspired by the translations (Gallery Press 2014).  His work has won many prizes including the T. S. Eliot Award and the Forward Prize. He is a member of Aosdána, the affiliation of Irish artists, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Contact:  +44 (0)28 9097 1074


Academic CV



The New Estate

The Irish for No

Belfast Confetti

First Language

Opera et Cetera

The Alexandrine Plan

The Twelfth of Never

The Ballad of HMS Belfast

The Inferno of Dante Alighieri

Breaking News




Irish Traditional Music

Last Night's Fun

The Star Factory

Fishing for Amber

Shamrock Tea