Nigel McLoughlin


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I was born in 1968 in Enniskillen - I'm an Ulster poet. I graduated from Teach na hEigse (Poets' House) and hold a BA from the University of London, an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing and a PhD both from Lancaster University. My work has twice been short-listed for the prestigious Hennessy Award, placed in the equally competitive Kavanagh Awards and The New Writer Poetry Prizes.

My first collection, At The Waters' Clearing, was published jointly by Flambard and Black Mountain Presses in 2001 and a second collection, Songs For No Voices, was published in 2004 by Lagan Press. My third collection, Blood, was published by Bluechrome in 2005 and a fourth, Dissonances, followed in 2007. My latest collection is Chora: New & Selected Poems, which was published by Templar Poetry in 2009. My work has received widespread critical approval from its reviewers most notably in PN Review, London Magazine, Poetry Ireland, Envoi, Orbis and Shearsman.

My poetry and translations from the Irish and German languages have been published in many journals and anthologies in Ireland, Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Nepal and Malaysia. My work has been translated into Dutch and Malay and has also featured as 'Poem of the Week' in both The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday and has also appeared in The London Magazine, Poetry Review, The Irish Times and Sunday Tribune.

In 2002 I co-edited Breaking The Skin which was published by Black Mountain Press and was hailed as the most important anthology of new Irish poets for a decade. I have also published book reviews and academic essays in a number of journals and on the internet. I was Guest Poetry Editor for The New Writer, Guest Arts Editor for Fortnight and was Guest Editor of The Black Mountain Review. Since 2008, I have been Editor of Iota. I have also reviewed regularly for London Magazine and Poetry Review.

I have been Writer in Residence in Co. Fermanagh, and for three years I taught 'Poetics & Form' and 'Traditions' at Teach na hEigse (Poets' House) in Ireland. I have read my work at literary festivals in Ireland and Britain and on local and national radio - I read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2009, the Derwent Poetry Festival in 2008 and Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2007. I am currently available for readings in the UK.

I have been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and elected a Fellow of the RSA. I am Professor of Creativity & Poetics at the University of Gloucestershire and Course Leader on the MA in Creative & Critical Writing. In 2011 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

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