J A M E S   H A R P U R          
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James Harpur has had five books of poetry published by Anvil Press, including his latest, Angels and Harvesters (2012), which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Dark Age (2007) won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the 1995 British National Poetry Competition, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric Gregory Award, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His poems have been published in national newspapers such as The Irish Times, the Guardian and the Independent and broadcast on national radio, including RTE 1 and BBC Radio 4. He has been included in many anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber 2001), Staying Alive (Bloodaxe 2008), and The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword Editions 2009).

James is a poetry editor, adjudicator and workshop facilitator. He is currently poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and former poetry editor of Southword, Ireland’s premier poetry ezine. He has adjudicated the Strokestown International Poetry Competition, the Michael Hartnett Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, the Exeter Cathedral Poetry Competition and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

He has conducted workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Lancaster University, Galway University, and at many other venues and locations in Ireland and the UK. He has also mentored and tutored published and beginner poets (click here).

He is a regular performer of his poetry at festivals and poetry venues, including the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin and the ICA and the Voice Box (South Bank Centre) in London. He has held writing residencies at the Princess Grace Kelly Irish Library, Monaco, the Munster Literature Centre in Cork and at Exeter Cathedral in the UK.

He lives in West Cork, Ireland, and is a member of Aosdána.

For a more extended biography please visit James’s page on the Poetry International website here. For an interview with James in Poetry Ireland Review, which explores his background and his views about myth, spirituality, poetry and other subjects, click here.


Angels and Harvesters,
Anvil Press Poetry, 2012
The Dark Age,
Anvil Press Poetry, London, 2007
Oracle Bones, Anvil Press Poetry, London, 2001
The Monk’s Dream, Anvil Press Poetry, London, 1996
A Vision of Comets,
Anvil Press Poetry, London, 1993

The Gospel of Joseph of Arimathea, Wild Goose, Glasgow, 2008


Fortune’s Prisoner: The poems of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy,
Anvil Press Poetry, London, 2007

Love Burning in the Soul: the Story of the Christian Mystics,
Shambhala, Boston, 2005 
Selected anthologies

The Best of Irish Poetry 2009
(Southword Editions, 2009)
Staying Alive
(Bloodaxe, 2002)
Ireland’s Love Poems
(Kyle Cathie, 2000)
The New Exeter Book of Riddles
(Enitharmon, 2002)
The Forward Book of Poetry
(Faber, 2001)
Voices in the Gallery
(Tate Publishing 1986)


Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Angels and Harvesters, 2012
Arts Council of Ireland Literary Bursary 2010

Michael Hartnett Award 2009
Arts Council of Ireland Literary Bursary 2008
Cork Arts Literary Bursary 2007
Hawthornden Fellowship 1999
Society of Authors Award 1997
British National Poetry Competition 1996
Eric Gregory Award 1986




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