Mark Roper was born in Derbyshire, England, in 1951. He moved to Ireland with his partner Jane in 1980 and has lived in Ireland ever since. He has seven collections of poetry published including his latest book ‘Bindweed’ which was published by Dedalus in 2017. ‘Bindweed’ was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, as was Mark’s previous book ‘A Gather of Shadow’ which won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. He has worked on many collaborative projects down through the years including three books with the photographer Paddy Dwan: ‘The River Book: A Celebration of the Suir’, ‘The Backstrand: Tramore’s Open Secret’, and ‘Comeragh: Mountain, Coum, River, Rumour’. They are currently working on a book about the County Waterford coastline. He has written two librettos for operas composed by Eric Sweeney. Mark was editor of ‘Poetry Ireland’ for 1999. He has taught creative writing and literature classes for over twenty-five years. He was writer-in-residence at Waterford Regional Hospital from September 2002 to May 2003.
Mark’s website: http://www.mark-roper.com/index.php
Link to buy his latest collection ‘Bindweed’, published by Dedalus in 2017: http://dedaluspress.com/product/bindweed/
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