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  • The world is all the richer for this man’s verse

    Irish Independent
  • Durcan’s voice speaks clearly on the page in poems of harrowing intimacy, politics and love

    Carol Ann Duffy
  • Paul Durcan's Ireland is the one we inhabit. At times he is ready to celebrate the bizarre and the ordinary; at other times he is full of a surreal rage against both order and disorder

    Colm Tóibín, Times Literary Supplement
  • Risky, complex, full of compassion, Durcan's interrogations of storytelling itself, of the juxtapositions and confluences of personal history and political struggle, are a bristling tour de force

    Deryn Rees-Jones, Independent
  • Durcan's importance as a writer, and his uniqueness, are still reassuringly evident


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