Ciaran Carson


Birthday October 9, 1948

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Northern Ireland

DEATH DATE Oct 6, 2019 (70)

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Poet and novelist who became one of the most respected Irish writers of his era with poetry collections like 1987's The Irish for No and novels like 1999's Fishing for Amber. He was the recipient of many coveted honors, including the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize.

Before Fame

He studied English at Queen's University, Belfast and began serving as the Traditional Arts Officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


In addition to his poetry and prose, he was the author of books like Last Night's Fun: About Time, Food and Music, which examines the traditional Irish music scene.

Family Life

He married acclaimed fiddle player Deirdre Shannon and had three children.

Associated With

He had cited fellow Irish poet and dramatist Louis MacNeice as a key influence on his work.