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“Light, rarely lightweight, McGovern’s voice is very much his own – unaffectedly honest, instructive and entertaining” – Eamon Grennan, Irish Times

Iggy McGovern is Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin; he has published three collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia (2005), Safe House (2010) and The Eyes of Isaac Newton (2017). A Mystic Dream of 4, a sonnet sequence based on the life of the mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, is published by Quaternia Press (2013). His awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry and the Hennessy Literary Award. He edited the anthology 20/12: Twenty Irish Poets Respond to Science in Twelve Lines, published in 2012 by Dedalus Press in association with Quaternia Press. His latest publication is Making Waves: a sonnet sequence based on the life of the physicist Erwin Schroedinger (Quaternia Press 2021).

Recent News & Events

‘Proverbs for the Computer Age’, read on Poetry Clips December 2020 https://www.johnhewittsociety.org/poetry_clips/iggy-mcgovern/

Astronomy and Poetry, Royal Irish Academy Discourse with Jocelyn Bell Burnell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCihxAMgVG8

Book Review: ‘A Sonnet to Science’ by Sam Illingworth. https://medium.com/scicomm-book-reviews/a-sonnet-to-science-scientists-and-their-poetry-3fe7f14f9547

‘Reflections’, a poem in celebration  of  the recognition of Birr Castle as a site of scientific interest by the European Physical Society, 20.09.19

‘A Cyclist’s Prayer’ joint winner (with Catherine Ann Cullen) in the Adult section of the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition among poem-cards distributed during the 2019 Dublin St Patrick’s Day Parade 17.03.19

‘Airfixit’, a ‘political’ poem published in Irish Times Ticket 26.01.19 https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/poem-of-the-week-airfixit-1.3761242

‘Rhymes & Reflections’ part of Schroedinger@75 – The Future of Biology, 04.09.18 https://vimeo.com/290309573

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