The Poet and the Bishop

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Mar, 2012 09:42 PM

The Bishop of Sherborne and Sherborne Abbey are hosting a poetry reading by Micheal O’Siadhail, one of Ireland’s leading poets, on Wednesday 28 March (7.30pm).

The Poet and the Bishop

Micheal O'Siadhail

Mr O’Siadhail, winner of the Marten Toonder Prize for literature, is touring Britain, reading from his recent book Tongues. He has read and broadcast his poetry widely in North America, Ireland, Britain, Japan and continental Europe.

He will speak to Sixth Form students at the Gryphon School during the afternoon.

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, said, “There is a timeless, questioning and eclectic quality to Micheal’s poetry, and I think this speaks very well to many in society, including young people, who are searching for spiritual meaning."

He added, "I’ve known Micheal for 15 years and have found him consistently perceptive and profound. We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Gryphon School and to the Abbey in the evening.”

Mr O’Siadhail will also give a reading in St Michael’s Without, Bath, on Thursday 29 March (7.30pm).


Micheal O'Siadhail is pronounced “Mee-hall Oh Sheel”

‘His poems, especially when he speaks of love, express tenderness - remarkable in a time when poets seem afraid to write with feeling’
- Louis Simpson
‘A gifted and confident poet intent on celebration and not embarrassed by tackling the old numbers - love, friendship, memory, childhood, faith’
- Lawrence Sail

Micheal O’Siadhail’s website 
Micheal O’Siadhail on Facebook 
Bishop of Sherborne 

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