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John F Deane was born Achill Island. He single-handedly founded Poetry Ireland to improve the lot of Irish poets and was responsible for The Poetry Ireland Review.  He was also involved in The National Poetry Society and in 1979 set up Daedalus Press which  is still publishing collections of poetry and some fiction; he was elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996 

John has won the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and poetry prizes from Italy and Romania and has been shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot prize and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award and has won residencies in Bavaria, Monaco and Paris.  His works this century alone include ‘Tocatta and Fugue’ Carcanet 2000, ‘Manhandling The Deity’ Carcanet 2003  ‘The Instruments of Art’, Carcanet 2005; ‘In Dogged Loyalty’, essays on religious poetry, Columba 2006; , ‘A Little Book of Hours’  Carcanet 2008 is latest collection ‘Eye of The HareCarcanet 2011.  Works of fiction include ‘The Heather Fields and Other Stories’ Blackstaff 2007 and ‘Where No Storms Come’ Blackstaff 2010


John is a member of Aosdána, the body established by the Arts Council to honour artists “whose work had made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland”. In 2007 the French
Government honoured him by making him “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres”. In 2008 John F. Deane was visiting scholar in the Burns Library of Boston College. 2010 .  His work has been translated and published, in book form, in Italy, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia and has been featured on The London Underground.

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