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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Basil Payne, Irish poet, died he was 88.

Basil Payne Irish poet died he was 88..[1]


(23 June 1923 – 6 January 2012)


Life and work

Payne was educated at Synge Street CBS and University College Dublin. In the 1960s he held many poetry readings in Dublin, and in 1964 he won a Guinness International poetry prize, followed by another Guinness International prize in 1966. From 1972 to 1978 he lectured in literature at several universities in the USA, and in 1975 he received the Governor's Special Citation for unique contribution to the Arts in New Jersey. His published work amounts to three slim volumes, and numerous inclusions in anthologies of Irish poetry. According to his website, a more voluminous later work, Dark and Light Fantastic, remains unpublished. His first book "Sunlight on a Square" has now been re-published on Amazon kindle.

Published works

  • Sunlight on a Square (Dublin, John Augustin, 1961, republished on Amazon Kindle, 2012);
  • Love in the Afternoon (Dublin, Gill and MacMillan, 1971);
  • Another Kind of Optimism (Dublin, Gill and MacMillan, 1974)


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