Michael Longley

The Candlelight Master

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The multi award-winning poet is in conversation with diplomat, author and fellow Belfastian William D. Hanna about his latest collection, The Candlelight Master. The title poem sums up the contrast of darkness and light in this collection, featuring poems about painters and poets, including eighth-century Japanese poet, Otomo Yakamochi, and even the poets of ancient Greece. The Candlelight Master often looks at age and the landscape of memory. But if Longley looks back over formative experiences, he channels memory into freshly fluid structures, and new poems about war and the Holocaust speak to our own dark times. This is Longley’s 12th poetry collection, dedicated to his wife, literary critic and cultural commentator Edna Longley.

I can’t bear the thought of a world without Michael Longley” – Maria Johnston

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders” – Seamus Heaney

About the author: Michael Longley has received many awards, among them the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the Griffin International Prize. In 2001 Longley received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry.


In conversation with William D. Hanna.