Harry Clifton Readings

Harry Clifton Readings


Eminent Irish poet Harry Clifton's new collection Gone Self Storm is published by Bloodaxe in March 2023. Harry will be launching this in person at Hodges Figgis in Dublin on 5 April, and online with Bloodaxe Books on 25 April.

Harry Clifton has published twelve books of poetry, the most recent of which are The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (2012), The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004 (2014), Portobello Sonnets (2017), Herod's Dispensations (2019) and Gone Self Storm (2023), all published by Bloodaxe Books in Britain and Ireland, and by Wake Forest University Press in the USA. He served as the fifth Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2010–2013, and is a member of Aosdána.

His 'My Life in Books' feature in Ireland's Sunday Independent of 19 March 2023 is here.  Available in full by subscription.

'The Sweep' from Gone Self Storm is featured on the Books Ireland website here.

Harry Clifton's article in The Irish Times of 4 April 2023 about his South American grandmother -  his 'only muse' - is available to read online here.



Saturday 16 September, 7pm

Fingal Poetry Festival: Poetry at the Mills 2023

The Watermill Café, Skerries Mills, Skerries, Co. Dublin

Harry Clifton will join poets Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín for the final event of the festival. Music by Sarah May Rogers. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: €15 (€12 low income / unwaged). More information and booking here.


Wednesday 18 October

Cambridge University

More details coming soon.




Bloodaxe Books international poetry online reading (April 2023 books launch)

Harry Clifton read alongside Maura Dooley and Matthew Hollis as all three poets launched their new Bloodaxe collections.  The poets discussed their books with each other and with Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley.


[14 March 2023]

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