Paulin, Tom

Tom Paulin
Tom Paulin. Image source Faber & Faber
Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast.

His poetry collections include
A State Of Justice (London, Faber & Faber, 1977); The Strange Museum (Faber & Faber, 1980); Liberty Tree Faber & Faber, 1983); Fivemiletown, Faber & Faber, 1987); Walking A Line (Faber & Faber 1994); The Wind Dog (Faber & Faber, 1999); and The Invasion Handbook, 2002); Selected Poems 1972-1990 (Faber & Faber, 1993); The Road to Inver (Faber & Faber, 2004); and New and Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 2014).

He has edited two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several essay and critical works, including Thomas Hardy: The Poetry of Perception (Maryland, Roman and Littlefield, 1975); Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound (Cambridge University Press, 1983); Ireland and the English Crisis (Bloodaxe Books, 1985); Minotaur: Poetry in the Nation State (Faber & Faber, 1992); Writing to the Moment: Selected Critical Essays, 1980-95 (Faber & Faber, 1996); The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt’s Radical Style (Faber & Faber, 1998); Crusoe’s Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent (Faber & Faber, 2009); and The Secret Life of Poems: A Poetry Primer (Faber & Faber, 2011).

His drama includes The Riot Act (after Antigone, by Sophocles),The Guildhall, Derry, The Field Day Theatre Company, 1985; The Hillsborough Script, 1987; and Seize The Fire, 1990.

Well known for his appearances on the BBC, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.



Tom Paulin at Faber & Faber

Tom Paulin at The Poetry Archive

Tom Paulin at The National Library of Ireland