Ormsby, Frank

Frank Ormsby was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in 1947.

Frank Ormsby
Frank Ormsby. photo www.culturenorthernireland.org

His books of poetry include the collections Ripe for Company (Belfast, Ulsterman Publications, 1971); A Store of Candles (Oxford University Press, 1977); A Northern Spring (London, Secker & Warburg, 1986); and The Ghost Train (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1995).

He has edited a number of anthologies, including Poets From Northern Ireland (Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 1979[revised edition, 1990]); Thine in Storm and Calm: An Amanda McKittrick Ros Reader (Blackstaff Press, 1988); The Collected Poems of John Hewitt (Blackstaff Press, 1991); Northern Windows: An Anthology of Ulster Autobiography (Blackstaff Press, 1987); and The Hip Flask: Short Poems from Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2001). In 1992 he received the Cultural Traditions Award, given in memory of John Hewitt, and in 2002 the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St Thomas at St Paul, Minnesota.

He was editor of The Honest Ulsterman from 1969-89, and has also edited the Poetry Ireland Review. He is Head of English at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

Frank Ormsby at Culture Northern Ireland
Frank Ormsby at The National Library of Ireland