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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. “In Dogged Loyalty”,
essays on religious poetry, Columba 2006; latest fiction “The Heather Fields and Other
Stories,” Blackstaff Press 2007.. 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, in April 2012, he was Distinguished Visiting Professor in
Suffolk University, Boston, USA. In 2015 he was Writer in Residence in Mayo, Ireland.
John F. Deane was appointed Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Christian Studies at the Loyola
University of Chicago for the Fall Semester of 2016. 2010 saw the publication of a new
novel, "Where No Storms Come", and a new collection of essays, "The Works of Love".
In 2015, "Give Dust a Tongue: A Faith and Poetry Memoir", was published by Columba
Press. Poetry collections include “The Instruments of Art”, Carcanet 2005; a poetry
collection, “A Little Book of Hours”, came from Carcanet in 2008. A further collection of
poems, "The Eye of the Hare" came from Carcanet in June of 2011. In October 2012,
"Snow Falling on Chestnut Hill: New & Selected Poems", was published by Carcanet and in
2015 a new poetry collection, Semibreve", appeared, also from Carcanet.
“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,
Ambit


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.
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Poems of John F. Deane have been translated and published, in
book form, in Italy, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Macedonia,
Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Argentina, Slovakia
Two New Titles in
2015:

"Give Dust a Tongue:
A Faith Memoir"
(Columba Press)
and
"Semibreve"
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,
Limerick