16th September 2019

Stephen Sexton Bio

Stephen Sexton


Stephen Sexton is the author of a book of poems If All the World and Love Were Young, published by Penguin in August 2019 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

He’s also the author of a pamphlet of poems, Oils, published by the Emma Press in 2014, which was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice of that year. He was the winner of the UK National Poetry Competition, and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

His work has been published in leading journals in the UK and Ireland such as Granta, Poetry London and Poetry Ireland Review, as well as a number of American publications, including POETRY and The Virginia Quarterly Review.

Poems were featured in The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland, edited by Sinéad Morrissey and Stephen Connolly. His work has also been featured in Switching Off Darkness: Young Irish Poets, an anthology of poems by Irish writers in Greek translation, published by Vakxikon Publications in 2019. He has contributed to documentaries for BBC Radio Four, including We Will Arise and Go Now, and Driving Bill Drummond, and has featured on BBC Radio Three’s The Essay.

Stephen has performed his work at numerous venues in Ireland and the UK, as well as festivals in Athens, New York, Boston and San Francisco.

He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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