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Leading poet Paul Muldoon performs in Cardiff

10 December 2007

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon, described as the English language’s most significant post-war poet, is in Cardiff next week to read poems from and about Wales.

The Northern Irish poet will give a free public reading of Welsh-themed poems, including many of his own, at Cardiff University Concert Hall on Friday, December 14. The event forms part of the Wales-Ireland seminar series, designed to explore the cultural and political links between the two.

Born in 1951, Paul Muldoon has published ten collections of poetry, winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Moy Sand and Gravel. The Times Education Supplement praised him as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War."

Much of Muldoon’s work draws on Welsh material, including his prize-winning long poem Madoc. This is an imaginative and playful retelling of the legend of Prince Madoc, who is claimed to have discovered American long before Columbus.

Event organiser Dr Katie Gramich, senior lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University’s School of English, Communications and Philosophy, said: "Paul Muldoon’s work is very densely layered, but also very funny and accessible, even to people who don’t know much about poetry. He has a reputation as a great performer of his own poetry and we expect the event on December 14 to be really exciting and memorable."

The event, supported by Academi and Culture Ireland, takes place at the Concert Hall, on Corbett Road, between 6pm and 7.30pm. The event is open to all. For tickets, please e-mail .

The event is the first in a series of seminars organised by the new Ireland-Wales Research Network to explore the creative, cultural, and political relationships between Wales and Ireland. The Network, a partnership of Cardiff and Aberystwyth Universities, aims to develop a deeper awareness of the overlapping histories of Wales and Ireland and contribute to a fuller understanding of the interconnected pasts of Britain and Ireland.


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Further Information:

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University.
029 2087 5596