Ms Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian

Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast where she lives with her family. Her collections of poetry include: The Flower Master (1982), Venus and the Rain (1984), On Ballycastle Beach (1988), Marconi's Cottage (1992), Captain Lavender (1995), Shelmalier (1998), and Drawing Ballerinas (2001). Her Selected Poems 1978-1994 was published in 1997. Among the prizes she has won are: the British National Poetry Competition, the Cheltenham Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett prize, the Rooney Prize and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Queen's University and at the University of Ulster; Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; and Writer-Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

Contact:  +44 (0)28 9097 1080


Academic CV


  • Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems (chapbook), Interim Press, 1980.
  • Portrait of Joanna (chapbook), Ulsterman, 1980.
  • (With Damian Gorman and Douglas Marshall) Trio Poetry, Blackstaff Press, 1981.
  • The Flower Master, Oxford University Press, 1982, reprinted as The Flower Master and Other Poems, Gallery Press (County Meath), 1993.
  • The Greenhouse, Steane, c. 1983.
  • Venus and the Rain, Oxford University Press, 1984.
  • On Ballycastle Beach, Oxford University Press, 1988 and Wake Forest University Press (Winston-Salem, NC), 1988, reprinted, Gallery Books, 1995.
  • (With Nuala Archer) Two Women, Two Shores, New Poets, 1989.
  • Marconi's Cottage, Gallery Press (County Meath), 1991 and Wake Forest University Press, 1992.
  • Captain Lavender, Wake Forest University Press, 1995.
  • Selected Poems, 1978-1994, Gallery Press, 1997 and Wake Forest University Press, 1997.
  • Shelmalier, Wake Forest University Press, 1998.
  • Drawing Ballerinas, Gallery Press, 2001.
  • The Face of the Earth, Gallery Press, 2002.
  • The Soldiers of Year II, Wake Forest University Press, 2002.
  • The Book of the Angel, Gallery Press, 2004 and Wake Forest University Press, 2004.
  • The Currach Requires no Harbours, Wake Forest University Press, 2007.
  • My Love Has Fared Inland, Wake Forest University Press, 2010.
  • The High Caul Cap, Wake Forest University Press, 2013.
  • (Editor) The Big Striped Golfing Umbrella: Poems by Young People from Northern Ireland, illustrated by Anne Carlisle, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1985.
  • Horsepower Pass By! A Study of the Car in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, University of Ulster, 1999.
  • (Translator, with Eilean Ni Chuilleanain) The Water Horse: Poems in Irish by Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Gallery Press, 1999.