Harry Clifton Readings

Harry Clifton Readings


Books Upstairs, 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7-8.30pm

A Portobello Evening with Harry Clifton: Poetry & History

An evening of poetry and history which will share a focus on Dublin’s Portobello neighbourhood.  Poet Harry Clifton will read from Portobello Sonnets.  This collection of thirty-five sonnets set in the Portobello district of Dublin was published by Bloodaxe Books in March 2017.  Harry Clifton was Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2010-13.

Historian and Books Upstairs founder Maurice Earls will also explore some of the social history of the neighbourhood.  This is not just an evening for fans or inhabitants of Dublin 8, but an opportunity to hear Clifton perform his own celebrated poetry and to delve into the atmosphere and past of a unique area of Dublin city.

Tickets (€5) are available from Eventbrite (click here to book), or visit/phone Books Upstairs direct to avoid the booking fee.


Portobello, the district in Dublin where the Irish poet Harry Clifton lives, is a microcosm of a changing, cosmopolitan Ireland.  His new book of sonnets, written on his return from sixteen years in continental Europe, are at once a celebration of place, a coming to terms with age and a rediscovering of the universal in the local. 

Harry Clifton was interviewed about his new book on RTE Radio 1's Arena on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2017.

Click here to listen (divided into chapters)

‘Some will be surprised by the passion and intensity with which Harry Clifton embraces the local in this often astonishing, accomplished and sometimes virtuoso sequence of 35 sonnets... Portobello Sonnets chronicles Clifton’s return to Dublin, a journey from experience into innocence.’ – Michael O’Loughlin, The Irish Times

Click here to read the full review


An interview with Harry Clifton about   Portobello Sonnets is on his US publisher's website (Wake Forest published their edition in November 2016).

'Returning to Portobello “was like rebuilding an identity from the ground up': Click here to read the interview

[18 September 2017]

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