Taganrog

Sabine Wichert

About the book…

Following the critical success of her first two collections - Tin Drum Country (1995) and Sharing Darwin (1999) - Taganrog confirms Sabine Wichert as a significant voice in Irish poetry.

As befits a poet born in Poland but long resident in Northern Ireland, she moves with a startling ease between two distinct sensibilities. Whether writing about the domesticities of her adopted home or the larger, more complex, imaginative legacies of central and eastern Europe, she brings to her task an instinctive balance between the committed and the detached eye. The poems of Taganrog both challenge and confirm the value of poetry in the face of momentous social, political and cultural pressures.

As well as exploring different geographic and political worlds, Wichert delicately and with restraint explores the contours of inner emotional and psychic worlds in a series of strikingly intimate and honest poems about love and friendship.

Photo of the author, Sabine Wichert

About the author…

Sabine Wichert was born in 1942 in Graudenz, West Prussia (now Grudziadz, Poland) and grew up and was educated in West Germany. She has been teaching history at Queen's University, Belfast since 1971 and has a special interest in the visual arts. 

She was a member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from the mid-1980s to 1994 and is a member of the Board of Annaghmakerrig appointed by both Arts Councils in Ireland. She has published two other volumes of poetry: Tin Drum Country (1995) and Sharing Darwin (1999). 

A historian by profession her major publication in that field is Northern Ireland Since 1945.