Adam Wyeth Biography
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Adam Wyeth Biography

Wyeth's critically acclaimed collection, Silent Music (2011) has been hailed as

'a debut of astonishing assurance.'Ailbhe Darcy

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ADAM WYETH was born in Sussex in 1978. He has lived in Ireland since 2000 and currently lives in Dublin. Wyeth's critically acclaimed collection, Silent Music (2011) – Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize – has been hailed as 'a debut of astonishing assurance.' Ailbhe Darcy, describes Wyeth as a 'poet of ideas exquisitely wrought and swarming, demanding a reader awake to complexity on a subtle scale…the quiet complexity of Silent Music is reminiscent of Scottish poet Don Paterson, and arguably Wyeth's work, in all its subtlety, ambiguity and quietude, could come straight from Britain's 'New Generation.''

The Irish Times say, ‘Silent Music is a clever volume that playfully questions taken-for-granted certainties... a fresh and imaginative voice is evident.’

Wyeth's work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including, The Moth, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, Southword, Poetry London and Magma. He was a featured poet in Agenda, 2008 and 2010, and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series, 2007.

His work has appeared in various anthologies including, The Forward Prize Anthology (2012) The Best of Irish Poetry 2010, Landing Places, Something Beginning with P and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. Wyeth has been a prizewinner and finalist in many international competitions, including The Arvon International Poetry Competition, 2006; The Fish International Poetry Competition, 2009; and the inaugural Ballymaloe International Poetry Competition, 2011.

A book reviewer and essayist, Wyeth has written articles and features for several newspapers and literary journals, including The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Southword and The Cork Literary Review. You can read a selection of reviews here.

In 2002 he produced a CD of Desmond O'Grady reading a selection of his poems called The Wandering Celt. In 2004, Wyeth directed A Life in the Day of Desmond O'Grady, which premiered at the Cork International Film Festival and in 2005 he filmed and directed an experimental feature documentary, Soundeye International Poetry Festival.

Wyeth is a member of the Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and a featured poet on the Poetry International Web. His forthcoming book,The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry is due out with Salmon Poetry this Autumn.

Wyeth’s second book The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry was published by Salmon in 2013. The book contains 16 poems from some of Ireland’s leading contemporary poets followed by sharp essays and close readings that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Paula Meehan says, ‘This book connects us back to a Celtic dreamtime through mythology, which is, no more, no less than the poetry of the ancestors. It reaffirms the vestigial and, paradoxically, central role of ancestral thought in contemporary Irish poetry.’

Wyeth’s debut play Hang Up, produced by Broken Crow, has been staged at many festivals, including the Electric Picnic and the Galway Theatre festival. Hang Up has been adapted for the screen, directed by Enrique Carnicero and premiered at Cork International Film festival 2014.

In 2013 Wyeth was commissioned to write The Poetry Sessions, a full-length play covering all the poets on the Leaving cert syllabus, which has just been on its nationwide tour; co-written with Paula McGlinchey.  His third play, Lifedeath, produced by Broken Crow was showcased at the Triskel Arts Centre mini festival of new work in December 2013 and was named by the Irish Examiner as the play of the festival. It was also performed as part of University College Cork’s Theatre Festival and Engage Arts festival Bandon, 2014.