Contemporary Irish Poetry Featured Writer: John Murphy

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John Murphy’s debut collection, The Book of Water, was published in 2012 by Salmon Poetry. The Language Hospital, his multiple prize winning second collection, was published by Salmon in 2016. He has been four times shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (Prizewinner 2013), and three times shortlisted for the Hennessy Cognac/Irish Times Writing Prize. In 2015 he won the Strokestown International Poetry Prize. He was a finalist in UK National Poetry competition in 2016. He won the Strokestown International Prize for an unprecedented second time in 2016. his poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, Southword, Ambit, Mimesis, and the Stony Thursday Book. He is a computer scientist, and in his professional life has worked in industry (consultant, IBM) and academia (senior lecturer, DCU).


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