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Austin Clarke 1896-1974

 Born in Dublin. He lived in London 1922-1937, working as a journalist and critic before returning to Ireland. He wrote poetry, plays, novels and autobiographies. These include The Vengeance of Fionn, Night and Morning, Ancient Lights, The Bright Temptation, The Sun Dances at Easter, The Son of Learning, Black Fast, Twice Around the Black Church and A Penny in the Clouds.  In 1941 he co-founded the Dublin Verse Speaking Society, which later developed into the Lyric Theatre. He won many awards and was considered to be a leading light in modern Irish literature. The Irish Press in an editorial noted that Clarke was the first poet in their New Irish Writing page. One of the poems they published ended with “We part with a shy So long”. His remains were taken to Belfast for cremation.

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