John F. Deane, Irish Poet and
Fiction Writer
Born Achill Island 1943; founded Poetry Ireland - the National Poetry Society - and The Poetry
Ireland Review
, 1979; Published several collections of poetry and some fiction; Won the O’
Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and poetry prizes
from Italy and Romania. Elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996.
Shortlisted for both the T.S.Eliot prize and The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, won residencies in
Bavaria, Monaco and Paris. Poetry collections include “
The Instruments of Art”, Carcanet 2005;
In Dogged Loyalty”, essays on religious poetry, Columba 2006; latest fiction “The Heather Fields
and Other Stories
,” Blackstaff Press 2007. A poetry collection, “A Little Book of Hours”, came
from Carcanet in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána, the body established by the Arts Council to
honour artists “whose work had made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland”. In
2007 the French Government honoured him by making him “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des
lettres”. In 2008 John F. Deane was visiting scholar in the Burns Library of Boston College. 2010
saw the publication of a new novel, "
Where No Storms Come", and a new collection of essays,
The Works of Love". A further collection of poems, "The Eye of the Hare" came from Carcanet
in June of 2011. April 2012, John F. Deane was Distinguished Visiting Professor in Suffolk
University, Boston, USA and in October 2012, "
Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected
", was published by Carcanet. In 2015 a new poetry collection, "Semibreve", appeared
from Carcanet and in that same year, "
Give Dust a Tongue: A Faith and Poetry Memoir", was
published by Columba Press and became a bestseller.
John F Deane has been appointed Teilhard
de Chardin Fellow in Christian Studies at the Loyola University of Chicago where he will teach a
course in poetry and faith.
“Taut, fluent sequence, beautifully wrought poems” -- Times Literary Supplement.

“In Deane’s version of the Anglo-Saxon
The Dream of the Rood, he uses a very effective mix of
alliterative metre and terza-rima to produce the finest version of Cynewulf’s poem that I have so far
come across. The collection ends with
The Return, a longish autobiographical sequence which, with
the threnodic and beautiful
When Giants Walked, impressed me as much as anything I have read in
recent months. This book (Christ, with Urban Fox) is well worth its modest price and I know that I
shall return to many of these poems for further and deeper readings.” -- Vernon Scannell,

Speaking of The Dream of the Rood in Christ, with Urban Fox: “Deane’s translation of the eighth-
century Anglo-Saxon visionary poem is at the heart of his book, and it is enormously impresssive, a
vigorous reconsecration in words of a famous but hitherto remote devotional work. Deane’s modern
English version of the Old English original makes it come alive with new relevance, in language fit to
compare with Pound’s translation of The Seafarer, offering nothing less than a mood shift to a starker
forgotten dimension of human experience” -- from
World Literature Today.
Visit This Page to view a
Rogues' Gallery of poets and
Poems of John F. Deane have been translated and published, in
book form, in Italy, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia,
Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Argentina, Slovakia
Go here to see photos of the Serbian
prize, The Golden Key of Smederevo,
and the Laudomia Bonanni prize from
L'Aquila, in Italy, both of them awarded
to John F. Deane in October 2011
Two New Titles in

"Give Dust a Tongue:
A Faith Memoir"
(Columba Press)
a new collection of
poems from Carcanet.
August 2016:
Mark Patrick Hederman, Abbott of Glenstal Abbey:
Dr Rowan Williams, John F Deane
at the retreat offered by John and Rowan to the monks of Glenstal Abbey,