Desmond Egan, Irish poet,has a wide range of poetry and prose publications as well as translations and books of prose. His PEACE poem,was translated into hundreds of languages as part of a milennium celebration.
Incontestably the most brilliant of all the writers who have taken workshops in Irish literary festivals, poet Desmond Egan's commitment to his students is legendary and his improvisational skills have power to stun the budding writer ... The Irish Literary Supplement (USA)
And, this is how Hugh Kenner described poet Desmond Egan's poems: I know of nothing quite like them: it makes me think we have moved a generation beyond even the accomplishment of Heaney.
To date, Desmond Egan has published 23 Collections of Poetry; two of Prose and two Translations of Greek Plays. Athlone born, Desmond Egan, is a full-time writer living and working near Newbridge in County Kildare.
Desmond Egan's poem, PEACE was adopted as part of a celebration of Peace for the Millennium and was translated into 35 languages. (He may be seen reading this poem on YouTube at an International Poetry Festival in South America).
Collections of his Poetry, in translation, have appeared in book form in: France (5); Germany (2); Japan; China; Italy (4); Greece; Netherlands; Poland; Luxembourg; Croatia; Spain; Czech Republic (2); Hungary; Russia; Bulgaria - all, in dual-language format.
Irish Poet, Desmond Egan was a founder of The Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival in 1987. Ever since, Egan has been Artistic Director for this Festival. A feast of poetry,music and fun. All welcome! Check out Gerard Manley Hopkins and Kildare ; the Gerard Manley Hopkins Archive, a growing ressource for Hopkins scholars and lovers of Hopkins poetry worldwide; and more!
Dual-language Multimedia Presentation DESpectrum (Czech Rep 2002)
A major Irish poet, his poems represent an enormous advance. I know of nothing quite like them: it makes me think we have moved a generation beyond even the accomplishment of Heaney.
Two books of criticism of his work have appeared: Desmond Egan, a Critical Study Prof. Brian Arkins (USA, 1992); Desmond Egan: the Poet and his Work,
ed. Hugh Ke nner
Desmond Egan Poet : Poetry Prizes and Awards
National Poetry Foundation of USA Award, 1983
Chicago Haymarket Literary Award, 1987
The Farrell Prize, 1988
Osaka University (Japan) Citation, 1986
Pilgrims Progress Prize, 1983
The Bolgna Literary Award, 1988
Macedonian Poetry Award, 2004
Honorary Doctorate: Washburn University, USA, 1996.
Macedonian Poetry Prize, 2004
Prix de Livre Insulaire 2005, Salon International de Livre Insulaire île d'Oeussant, Bretagne
Desmond Egan: Through the Eyes of a Poet
This documentary has a section on The GM Hopkins International Summer School. It also features a selection of Egan's finest poetry performed exclusively for this programme.Beautiful images and sounds of Ireland act as a backdrop to this entertaining and stimulating video built around an Irish poet.
A multimedia presentation of Desmond Egan poetry in Czech and English. Music was commissioned and composed by Jan Hruby. Translations were by Ivana Bozdechova. Readings in Czech by Jan Poetmesil and Tomas Karger. Desmond Egan reads his poems in English.
DESMOND EGAN was born in Athlone, in the centre of Ireland. Educated in Irish Midlands; in The National Universities of Ireland at Maynooth and Dublin.Desmond works full-time as a poet.1983: Egan received The National Poetry foundation of USA Award 1987, Desmond was the First Poet-in-Residence at University College, Dublin.
1988, He was Poet-in-Residence at Kansai University, Japan. In 1997: Egan was conferred with a Doctorate of Letters at Washburn University, Kansas, USA.1998: His poems, translated into Italian, were awarded The Bologna Prize.
Since 1987 Desmond Egan is a full-time writer, living near Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
1998, he was appointed to The Cultural Relations Committee of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs
2004: Awarded The Macedonian Poetry Prize.2005: Prix de Livre Insulaire 2005
Incontestably the most brilliant of all the writers who have taken workshops in Irish literary festivals, Egan's commitment to his students is legendary and his improvisational skills have power to stun the
budding writer. The Irish Literary Supplement, Spring 1986
An eloquent and enchanting reading which was the highlight of our Lyceum series.
J. M. Tschiderer Activities Program Advisor, Univ. Southern Florida
Desmond Egan is not only a superb poet but one of the finest readers around. He is also a marvelous teacher and establishes an easy rapport with students in a classroom situation. Prof. Russell Murphy, Department of English, University of Arkansas
18 Collections of Poems
2 Collections of Prose
2 Translations: Classical Greek Dramas
Medea and Philoctetes