Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Paul Muldoon has long been one of the most admired poets in the world. In his latest collection, Frolic and Detour, the Northern Irish writer brings his characteristic humour and humanity to everything from the deaths of Leonard Cohen and C. K. Williams to the day-to-day assaults of 21st-century America. ABC Radio National’s Claire Nichols sits down with Paul, The New Yorker’s former poetry editor, to discuss this “compact, powerful book, filled with catharses you didn’t know you needed” (The New York Times).

Supported by Culture Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney.

Paul Muldoon (International)

Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other recent awards are the Pigott Prize and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent collection of poems is Frolic and Detour.

Claire Nichols (Australian)

Claire Nichols

Claire Nichols is the host of The Book Show on ABC Radio National, a weekly radio program that features in-depth author interviews as well as news and analysis from the publishing world. She has spent a decade at the ABC, with roles in news, current affairs, local radio and at Radio National. She is the proud recipient of consecutive WA Media Awards for arts reporting. When she’s not reading, Claire is likely to be found at a dance class, or in a theatre somewhere.