Meehan, Paula

Paula Meehan
Paula Meehan. Image source paulameehan.com

Paula Meehan was born in Dublin in 1955.

Her poetry collections include Return and No Blame (Dublin, Beaver Row, 1984); Reading the Sky (Beaver Row, 1986); The Man Who Was Marked by Winter (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1991 – reprinted 1992, 1994 and 1999), which was shortlisted for the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Irish Literature Prize for Poetry; Pillow Talk (Gallery, 1994 – reprinted 1997 and 2000), which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry; Mysteries of the Home: A Selection of Poems (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bloodaxe Books, 1996); Dharmakaya (Manchester, Carcanet Press, 2000); Painting Rain (Carcanet Press, 2009/Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest UP, 2009); and Geomantic (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2013).

Mysteries of the Home was reissued by Dedalus Press in 2013.

Her writing for stage includes the plays Mrs Sweeney (Rough Magic Theatre Company, Dublin, The Project Theatre, 1997), Cell (Dublin, Calypso Productions,Dublin, The City Arts Centre, 1999), and, for children, Kirkle (TEAM Educational Theatre Company, first performed at the Dalkey School Project, Dalkey, Co. Dublin, as part of a tour to schools, 1995), The Voyage (TEAM Educational Theatre Company, Dublin, The Ark, 1997) and The Wolf of Winter (Dublin,The Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach, 2003/2004).

Her published plays include Mrs Sweeney (Dublin, New Island Books, 1999); and Cell (New Island Books, 2000).

A collection of her radio plays, Music for Dogs, was published by Dedalus in 2008.

She has received many awards, including the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, The Butler Literary Award for Poetry by the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award and the PPI Award for Radio Drama.

Meehan’s poetry has been set to music by artists as diverse as the avant-garde composer John Wolf Brennan and the folksinger Christy Moore. She has collaborated throughout her working life with dancers, visual artists and film makers.

She is a member of Aosdána, and (autumn 2016) is the outgoing Ireland Professor of Poetry.

She lives in Dublin.


Paula Meehan at Dedalus Press

Paula Meehan at Playography

An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Culture, and the ArtsVolume 5, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring & Fall 2009 Paula Meehan:A Selected Bibliography Jody Allen Randolph

Paula Meehan at The National Library of Ireland