Patron and Lecturer:
Bernard O’Donoghue, who was born in Cullen, Co. Cork in 1945, is a noted contemporary Irish poet and academic. He moved to Manchester, England when he was 16, where he attended St Bede’s College. He was an undergraduate and graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford from 1965 to 1971 from which he emerged with a B. Phil, M.A., and is a Fellow in English at Wadham College at Oxford University in England. O’Donoghue is currently Emeritus fellow and tutor in Old English and Medieval English, Linguistics and the History of the English Language at Wadham College, Oxford University. He was previously Reader at Magdalen College, Oxford.
In 2006, Penguin Books published O’Donoghue’s new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. O’Donoghue has a wide range of specialities. He has written on courtly love, Thomas Hoccleve and Seamus Heaney.
O’Donoghue is an editor of the distinguished Oxford Poets imprint of Carcanet Press.
He is the senior member of the Oxford University Poetry Society and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999.
He has resided in Oxford since 1965
The Courtly Love Tradition (compiler) (Manchester University Press, 1982);
Razorblades and Pencils (Sycamore Press, 1984); Poaching Rights (Gallery, 1987);
The Absent Signifier (Mandeville, 1990); The Weakness (Chatto&Windus, 1991);
Gunpowder (Chatto & Windus, 1995) – won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry;
Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (Prentice Hall, 1995)
Here Nor There (Chatto&Windus, 1999);
Oxford Irish Quotations (editor) (Oxford University Press, 1999)
Outliving (Chatto & Windus, 2003)
A Stay in a Sanatorium and Other Poetry/ZbyněkHejda (translator) (Southword Editions, 2005)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (verse translation) (Penguin, 2006)
Selected Poems (Faber and Faber, 2008); Farmers Cross (Faber and Faber, 2011)