Sean O'Brien


Sean O'Brien was born in London on December 19th, 1952 and is the Poet. At the age of 70, Sean O'Brien biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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December 19, 1952
Place of Birth
70 years old
Zodiac Sign
Literary Critic, Poet
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Sean O'Brien Career

O Brien's book of essays on contemporary poetry, The Deregulated Muse (Bloodaxe), was published in 1998, as was his anthology The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland after 1945 (Picador). Cousin Coat: Selected Poems 1976–2001 (Picador) was published in 2002. Sean O'Brien's new verse version of Dante's Inferno was published by Picador in October 2006. His six collections of poetry to date have all won awards. In 2007 he won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award, Forward Prize for Best Collection and the T S Eliot Prize for The Drowned Book (Picador, 2007). This was the first time a poet had been awarded the Forward and the Eliot prizes in the same year. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and was previously Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Vice-President of the Poetry Society. He was co-founder of the literary magazine The Printer's Devil and contributes reviews to newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times and The Times Literary Supplement and is a regular broadcaster on radio. His writing for television includes "Cousin Coat", a poem-film in Wordworks (Tyne Tees Television, 1991); "Cantona", a poem-film in On the Line (BBC2, 1994); Strong Language, a 45-minute poem-film (Channel 4, 1997) and The Poet Who Left the Page, a profile of Simon Armitage (BBC4, 2002). Other significant work includes a radio adaptation for BBC Radio 4 of "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin.


Sean O'Brien Awards
  • 1979 – Eric Gregory Award
  • 1984 – Somerset Maugham Award – The Indoor Park
  • 1988 – Cholmondeley Award
  • 1992 Northern Arts Literary Fellowship
  • 1993 – E. M. Forster Award
  • 1995 – Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) – Ghost Train
  • 2001 – Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) – Downriver
  • 2001 – Northern Writer of the Year Award
  • 2001 – T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist) – Downriver
  • 2006 – Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem for Fantasia on a Theme of James Wright)
  • 2007 – Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award
  • 2007 – Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection) – The Drowned Book
  • 2007 – T. S. Eliot Prize – The Drowned Book
  • 2007 – Royal Society of Literature fellowship
  • 2012 – Griffin Poetry Prize International shortlist – November