Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig was born in London of Irish Catholic parents, and now lives in Leeds. He won the National Poetry Competition twice, in 1987 and 2001, and the Forward Prize for Best Poem in 2001. Named as one of the Poetry Book Society's New Generation poets, his work has also been shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Hear Ian talking about his early life and work, and the genesis of his well-known and much-loved poem The Lammas Hireling here.


Friday poem: 'Bridled Vows'

Friday poem: 'Bridled Vows'

A Friday poem from Ian Duhig’s The Blind Road-Maker, one of  the five Picador poetry collections nominated for The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2016. 

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Perfect wedding readings - poems to suit any couple

Our pick of the most beautiful, moving and original verses ever written about love and marriage, from the romantic to the unusual and the traditional to the contemporary, there's something for every couple.

Does writer's block exist?

Does writer's block exist?

The debate over the existence of writer's block all started with this article in the Telegraph about ways to cure it. There are some interesting suggestions and some tried and tested methods, from David Mitchell's use of the Write or Die software, where if you don't write fast enough your words are deleted, to Victor Hugo's getting his valet to hide all his clothes so he was unable to leave the house. A man's got to do what a man's got to do...

Friday poem: it started with a conversation...

'The Lammas Hireling' has been a lucky poem for me. It started from a conversation I had with a farmer late one night when out for a walk in Islandmagee – I never even learned his name to thank him. 

Language is a confusing thing

Do you ever get your hair confused with your horses? In French, that is. The speaker in this week's Friday poem, 'Use Complete Sentences' by Ian Duhig, remembers all too well just how frustrating language can be, especially when it's not your own. I love the way he runs with his mistake...