William Wall

Genres: Interviewer | Poetry

William Wall has published four collections of poetry, six novels and three collections of short fiction. His fifth collection of poetry, Smugglers In the Underground Hug Trade – Journal of The Plague Year will be published by Doire Press in October 2021. He is the first Poet Laureate of Cork, his home city (2020/2021) and was the first European to win the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in the USA (2017). He won the Premio Lerici Pea Angloliguria in Italy in 2021. He has won numerous other awards including the Virginia Faulkner Prize (USA), The Sean O’Faolain Prize (Ireland), The Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Pamphlet Prize, and The Patrick Kavanagh award (Ireland). His 2005 novel This is The Country was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has been short- or long-listed for many more, including the MarEtica prize, the Irish Book Awards and the Manchester Fiction Prize. His stories and poems have appeared in magazines and journals from the USA to China including Modern Times (Jiangsu Province China), Poesia (Turin), Granta (London), Southword (Cork), The Stinging Fly (Dublin), Ninth Letter (Illinois), and Studi Irlandese (Florence). His work has been supported by grants from the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City and County councils. He holds a PhD in creative writing from UCC.  His work has been widely translated and he translates from Italian. More information at www.williamwall.net

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