portrait of Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien is a leading figure in contemporary British poetry. His six collections have gained him many prizes, including the Cholmondeley Award, the Somerset Maugham award, the E.M. Forster Award, the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection - which he's won an unprecedented three times. He is also the editor of The Firebox, an acclaimed anthology of post-war UK poetry, a professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and the author of literary criticism and journalism for several newspapers and journals.

Sean's most recent publications are a new version of Dante’s Inferno (2006), The Drowned Book (2007), which won the Forward and TS Eliot poetry prizes, and November (2011). He is based in Newcastle.

Poems translated by Sean O’Brien