Byron, Catherine

Catherine Byron
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Catherine Byron was born in London of an English father and Irish mother in 1947 but grew up in Belfast from 1948.

The Fat-Hen Field Hospital: Poems 1985-92 (Bristol, Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1993); Settlements & Samhain (Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1993); The Three Shes, edited and translated into German by Hans Bernhard Schiff, (Dusseldorf 1994, parallel text); and The Getting of Vellum (Leicester, The Blackwater Press, 2000/The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Poetry, 2001, reissued, 2007).

In 1997 she received an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award for poetry, and in particular for collaborative work with Dublin-based artist-calligrapher Denis Brown, which inspired many of the poems in The Getting of Vellum, and the Poetry Society commissioned her to write a long poem about a place of her choice for their national ‘Poetry Places’ project, in 1998.

She has also published a study of Seamus Heaney, Out of Step: Pursuing Seamus Heaney to Purgatory (Loxwood Stoneleigh, 1992).

She has previously taught Writing and Medieval Literature at Nottingham Trent University. Whilst there she collaborated with Norfolk-based painter and printmaker Eileen Coxon to explore the creative potential for writing for and within the internet in trAce, an organisation based at Nottingham Trent University from 1995– 2005.

Catherine Byron at The National Library of Ireland