Maurice Riordan

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Maurice Riordan
Born Maurice Riordan
Lisgoold, County Cork
Occupation Poet
Residence London
Nationality Irish
Notable works T. S. Eliot Prize; Floods (2000)

Maurice Riordan (born 1953) is an Irish poet, translator, and editor.

Born in Lisgoold, County Cork, his poetry collections include: A Word from the Loki (1995), a largely London-based collection which was a Poetry Book Society Choice and shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize; Floods (2000) which took a more millennial tone, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award;[1] The Holy Land (2007) which contains a sequence of Idylls or prose poems and returns to Riordan's Irish roots more directly than his earlier work. It received the Michael Hartnett Award.[2]

His anthologies include A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science (2000), a collaboration with Jon Turney, an anthology of ecological poems Wild Reckoning (2004) edited with John Burnside, and Dark Matter (2008) edited with astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell. He has also edited a selection of poems by Hart Crane (2008) in Faber's 'Poet to Poet' series.

He has translated the work of Maltese poet Immanuel Mifsud. His collection for children The Moon Has Written You a Poem is adapted from the Portuguese of José Jorge Letria.[3]

In 2004 he was selected as one of the Poetry Society's 'Next Generation' poets.[4] He was Poetry Editor of Poetry London from 2005 to 2009 [5] and Editor of The Poetry Review from 2013 to 2017.[6]

He has taught at Goldsmiths College and at Imperial College and is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. He lives in London.


Poetry collections

A Word from the Loki, Faber 1995

Floods, Faber 2000

The Holy Land, Faber 2007

The Water Stealer, Faber 2013

For children

The Moon Has Written You a Poem, Winged Chariot 2005

As editor

A Quark for Mister Mark (with Jon Turney), Faber 2000

Wild Reckoning (with John Burnside), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 2004

The Best of Irish Poetry (with Colm Breathnach), Southword 2006

Dark Matter: Poems of Space (with Jocelyn Bell Burnell), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 2008

Hart Crane: Selected Poems, Faber 'Poet to Poet' 2008

The Finest Music: Early Irish Lyrics in Translation, Faber 2014


Confidential Reports (Immanuel Mifsud), Southword 2005

The Play of Waves (Immanuel Mifsud), Arc 2017


  • Maurice Riordan recording on The Poetry Archive
  • Maurice Riordan guest on BBC's Private Passions
  • Maurice Riordan author page on the Faber & Faber website


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ " | The Official Guide to Limerick, Ireland". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  3. ^ "Maurice Riordan". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ "Next generation poets 2004 | Books | The Guardian". 2004-06-04. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "The Poetry Society" (PDF). The Poetry Society. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
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