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Sinead Morrissey is Belfast's first Poet Laureate

By Michael McHugh

Sinead Morrissey has been appointed Belfast's first Poet Laureate.

She will work with residents and write a series of poems about the city.

The academic at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is the author of five poetry collections, winning British and Irish prizes for her work.

Her appointment was part of plans for the city's future announced by Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O'Muilleoir yesterday.

The role has been established by the Lord Mayor, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Movie House Cinemas and Arts and Business.

Dr Morrissey said: "Belfast is a city with an extraordinary literary tradition, especially in relation to poetry. I am therefore hugely honoured to be appointed Belfast's first Poet Laureate, and am excited to celebrate and explore further both the city and poetry in the year ahead."

She will focus on "hidden Belfast" by working with ethnic minority groups in the city, the young and the vulnerable, helping demonstrate how together they join in making one city.

Dr Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre/School of English at Queen's.

Her poetry collections include There Was Fire In Vancouver (1996), Between Here And There (2002), The State Of The Prisons (2005), Through The Square Window (2009) and Parallax, published this year.

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