Poetry is an art that brings together creative and critical thought. This programme combines these two strands into one, making it suitable for poets and critics alike.
The MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism is based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, under the auspices of the School of English. This Centre is the first Centre of Excellence for poetry in Ireland. Poets in the Centre include Ciaran Carson, Sinead Morrissey, and Leontia Flynn; its director is the poetry critic Fran Brearton.
The Centre provides resources for emerging and established poets, researchers and critics, and serves to link creativity to criticism and academic scholarship. The Centre also ensures that the dynamic tradition of poetry at Queen's extends to a wide audience and is of benefit to students, writers, and the community.
Students on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism will have ample opportunity to present their work to the public, through readings (including the successful Lifeboat Readings series), and journals, such as The Yellow Nib (published in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre) or The Open Ear (produced by PhD students at the Seamus Heaney Centre). Students are encouraged to take up internship positions with both The Yellow Nib and the Belfast-based poetry journal, Irish Pages.
As a student on the MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism you can choose to follow either a critical or a creative pathway, or you can choose to pursue a combination of the two. Students who follow a critical pathway will be joining an academic environment with a long-standing reputation for the critical appreciation, reception and understanding of poetry from Ireland, Britain and the United States. Poets who come to develop their own creative writing have the unique opportunity of working with some of Ireland's most renowned poets. The following module list should be considered as indicative only.