Ian Duhig

(b. 1954)

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(1954– ),

Irish poet, born in London, educated at Leeds University, a former worker with the homeless. Duhig is a learned and witty poet, versed in Irish language and history, drawn to the arcane and absurd, and capable of a rococo splendour. The Bradford Count (1991) features monologues by David Livingstone and a depressed medieval monk. The Mersey Goldfish (1995) was followed by Nominies (1998), an ambitious and emotionally complex collection, which includes ballads of destitution and history, as well as the black‐comic tour de force ‘The Ballad of Freddie the Dolphin’; and The Lammas Hireling (2003).

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