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John Mcauliffe


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    M13 9PL Manchester

Personal profile


He won the RTE Poet of the Future Award in 2000 and published his first book, A Better Life (Gallery), in 2002, which received a bursary from the Irish Arts Council and was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His second book Next Door was published in 2007. Of All Places was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2011 and The Way In received the Michael Hartnett Award in Spring 2016. His versions of Bosnian poet Igor Klikovac, Stockholm Syndrome (Smith Doorstop) was a PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2019, and The Kabul Olympics was an Observer Poetry Book of the Month. His Selected Poems (Gallery) were published here in 2021 and in the US in 2022 (Wake Forest UP)

His poems have appeared in the GuardianIrish Times and many literary journalsHe directed Ireland's biggest poetry festival Poetry Now until 2007 and was a contributing editor to the journal Metre. He founded and, for its first three years, co-ordinated and chaired the Irish Times Poetry Now Award.  He has acted as external examiner for MA programmes at Liverpool, UCC, UCD, Plymouth, Sheffield Hallam and Lancaster, and as PhD examiner at NUI Galway, Huddersfield, UCC, UCD, Liverpool, University of Wollongong and Plymouth.

He previously taught at a number of Irish universities and was Visiting Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2010.With Ian McGuire, he founded the Centre for New Writing  in 2007. They founded and co-edited The Manchester Review. He ran the online poetry digest, The Page, for many years and, in 2013, began a regular poetry column for The Irish Times. He served as Deputy Chair of the Irish Arts Council, of which he was a member from 2013-2018. In 2020 he was named Associate Publisher at Carcanet, where he also co-edits, with Michael Schmidt, PN Review.

Research interests

Specific research interests:

Centre co-director John McAuliffe's main interests are in poetry, creative writing, contemporary and twentieth-century literature and Irish Studies, and he is interested in supervising research in any of these areas.

John writes essays and reviews of contemporary poetry for journals and newspapers (including a monthly poetry column for The Irish Times 2013-2020) in Ireland and the UK, and he has also published critical essays on post-colonial literatures, Victorian travel writing and nineteenth, twentieth-century and contemporary Irish and English poetry and fiction.

PhD students have included Evan Jones, Vincenz Serrano, JT Welsch, Ian Pople, Sarah Corbett, Crystal Anderson, Jennifer Thorp, Simon Haworth, Janet Rogerson, Eleanor Ward, Kavita Bhanot, Alicia Rouverol, Usma Malik, Lucy Burns, Fatema Abdoolcarim, Imogen Durant, Selina Guinness, Chad Campbell, Stephanie Warner, Tessa Harris and, currently, Adam Lowe, Paddy Symmons-Roberts and Charlotte Wetton.

Further information

Additional information:

To contact John McAuliffe please e-mail him.


A Better Life (2002),  Next Door (2007), Of All Places (2011) and The Way In (2015)can be bought fromGallery Press or via Amazon

Poems published online can be found at:

Areas of expertise

  • PR English literature

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Healthier Futures


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