Pulitzer and TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon set for Brussels
Internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning poet Paul Muldoon is the latest in home-grown talent to represent the arts and culture of Northern Ireland in Europe as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform.
With over thirty poetry collections, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T.S Eliot Prize to his name, and currently serving as Poetry Editor for The New Yorker, Co Armagh born Paul Muldoon will be sharing his extensive literary talents on 6th and 7th March in Leuven and Brussels with readings from his latest collection One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, due from Faber and Faber in the autumn.
Hosted by the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels, the events will attract an audience that includes MEPs and key opinion formers amongst EU representatives and are the latest in the Brussels Platform series.
A collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office, the Brussels Platform involves local musicians, writers, dancers, theatre practitioners and visual artists showcasing their talents in the city of the European Parliament, with the aim of promoting the culture and creativity of Northern Ireland in Europe.
Damian Smyth, Head of Drama and Literature with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “Paul Muldoon’s gifts as a poet have been internationally acclaimed for decades. He is among the select few of the best poets in English over the last fifty years. As a writer, academic and educator, we are exceptionally fortunate to have Paul represent Northern Ireland as part of the Brussels Platform and fully appreciate his commitment in representing the wealth of established and up-and-coming poetic talent from these shores.”
Gerry Mulligan, Head of Office in Brussels, added: "The Brussels Platform continues to provide the ideal opportunity to showcase our talent on a European stage and to highlight the region's ever growing reputation as a centre of excellence in the arts. We couldn’t have asked for a finer ambassador than Paul Muldoon and I look forward to welcoming him to Brussels and Leuven.”