(United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 1957)
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BiographyMaura Dooley (1957) is of Irish extraction, but was born in the English town of Truro. She grew up in Bristol and has a degree from the University of York. She lives in London at present, where she teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dooley has published a number of poetry collections, including Explaining Magnetism (1991), Kissing A Bone (1996) and Life Under Water (2008). Her work has gained awards on several occasions. In 1987, she won the Eric Gregory Award. In 1997, her poem ‘The Message’ won the Forward Poetry Prize. Both Kissing a Bone and Life Under Water were short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Also typical of Dooley is that she quite often links her own experience to collective reflection and shared memory. In her poem ‘The World Upside Down’, the observation of the outside world through a frozen window-pane becomes the point of departure for an intriguing but highly personal peregrination through English history. And in the long, impressive poem ‘The Source’, she mixes social involvement, scientific factual material and images of religious and literary origins with highly individualistic perception.
© Jabik Veenbaas (Translated by John Irons)[Maura Dooley is to appear at the Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam in June 2009. This text has been written for this occasion.]
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