Ray Givans was born in Portadown, Co Armagh, and grew up in Castlecaulfield, Co.Tyrone.
His collection is Tolstoy in Love (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish poet in 2010. A bilingual English-Italian version is published by Kolibris (Bologna, 2011).
He has been awarded prizes for poetry in Australia, U.S.A., U.K. and Ireland.
He lives in Belfast.
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