Paul Farley

Paul Farley at the Louis MacNeice Centenary Conference & Celebration
Paul Farley © Paul Maddern

Paul Farley was born in Liverpool in 1965. He teaches creative writing at the University of Lancaster. He has won the Forward Prize for the best first collection and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. He has published three collections with Picador, The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You, The Ice Age and, most recently, (2006), Tramp in Flames.

His radio play, When Louis Met George (2003), imagines MacNeice and George Orwell meeting in Broadcasting House during the Second World War. ‘Paul Farley takes up life’s slack tether and tautens it into poems that are rich in thought and memorable in expression, tuning into a cosmic white noise which, though it may lack meaning is never without significance’ (Patrick McGuinness)

The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University, Belfast in September 2007.

From a Weekend First

Liverpool Disappears for a Billionth of a Second

Meeting Point


A Minute's Silence

© All recordings copyright Paul Farley and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry 2007

Paul Farley read with Sinead Morrissey, Don Paterson and Paul Muldoon.