Nick Laird © Paul Maddern
Nick Laird, born in 1975, comes from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
He currently lives in Rome.
His first collection To a Fault
(2005) won the Rooney Prize and his first novel Utterly Monkey won the Betty Trask award. His second collection of
poems, On Purpose, has just been
published by Faber.
writes of On Purpose: ‘What emerges
in Laird’s poems is a productive tension between a bleak, perhaps repressive
place of origin and the urbane cosmopolitanism of the poet’s adult life. In
“His Scissors”, when “The word scissoring plays on my tongue”, we have both the
sophisticated poet of postmodern “play” and the poet whose voice could be
shredded into mutiple voices (not his), or into silence.’
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University, Belfast in September 2007.
(by Louis MacNeice)
The Use of Spies
The Evening Forecast for the Region
Time for a Smoke
© All recordings copyright Nick Laird and the Seamus
Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Nick was reading with Simon Armitage and Richard Murphy.