Paula Meehan was born in Dublin where she still lives. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at Eastern Washington University in the U.S. Her work has garnered critical and popular acclaim. She has written plays for both adults and children, including Cell and The Wolf of Winter. Music for Dogs: works for radio, collects three plays concerned with suicide during the economic boom years in Ireland. Her poetry has been translated into French, German, Galician, Italian, Japanese, Estonian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, Polish and Irish. She has received the Butler Literary Award for Poetry presented by the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, the Denis Devlin Award for Dharmakaya, published in 2000, The Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry 2015, a Cholmondelay Award in 2017 for Geomantic, and the PPI Award for Radio Drama. Dedalus Press has recently republished Mysteries of the Home, a selection of seminal poems from the 1980s and the 1990s. Her poetry has been set to music by artists of the avant garde as well as folksingers, and many poems have been scored for choirs. She has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and film makers throughout her working life. She was honoured with election to Aosdána, the Irish Academy for the Arts, in 1996. She was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2013 – 2016, (the Irish poet laureate), and her public lectures from these years, Imaginary Bonnets with Real Bees in Them, was published by UCD Press in 2016.
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