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The Stairwell
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In his 75th year, the tenth collection by the greatest living Northern Irish poet Winner of the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize

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Michael Longley has received many awards, among them the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the Griffin International Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines- Selected Prose in 2017. In 2001 Longley received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2017 he received the PEN Pinter Prize, and in 2018 the inaugural Yakamochi Medal. In 2015 he was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast, where he and his wife the critic Edna Longley live and work.

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It is...the warmth in Longley's writing that marks his poems out, makes them cherishable. Never forced, that affection is simply there. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer *
Longley's 10th collection weaves his classical themes of war, family and flaura and fauna into measured songs of commemoration for those he has loved. -- Paul McCartney * Sunday Times *
A book of tiny, delicately lyrical commemorations and commendations. * Tablet *
The Stairwell...is a stupendous collection of quiet beauty and universal significance. -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail *
The book I have loved best, and have gone back to again and again. -- Adam Nicolson * Evening Standard *

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