Songs For No Voices

Nigel McLoughlin

About the book…

Songs For No Voices, the second collection of the Donegal-based poet Nigel McLoughlin consolidates and deepens the achievement of his critically well-received debut, At the Waters’ Clearing (2001).

Strongly rooted in the Donegal/Fermanagh hinterland, the poems explore ideas of place and belonging. The collection is remarkable for the allying of an acute analytical intelligence with an astute understanding of the traditions and faultlines of modern Irish poetry. Open, wrought, reflective, his poems are a welcome antidote to the sentimentality and sloppiness of much of contemporary verse.

Writing with vigour, McLoughlin has produced a collection of true seriousness and intent.

Photo of the author, Nigel McLoughlin

About the author…

Nigel McLoughlin was born in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in 1968. He was educated at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, the University of London and the University of Ulster. In 2000, he was awarded an MA in Creative writing and in 2004 a PhD in Creative Writing – both from Lancaster University.

His collections are At The Waters’ Clearing (2001); Songs for No Voices (2004); Blood (2005); Dissonances (2007); and Chora New & Selected Poems (2009).

His poetry has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Award, the Kavanagh Awards and the New Writer Poetry Prizes.

He is co-editor of the anthology Breaking The Skin: 21st Century Irish Writing (two volumes 2002).

Nigel is currently the editor of literary magazine Iota and the academic journal Creative Writing: Teaching, Theory & Practice. He is Professor of Creativity & Poetics at the University of Gloucestershire.