About David Wheatley

David Wheatley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the poetry of Samuel Beckett. He won the Friends Provident (Irish) National Poetry Competition in 1994 and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature for his first poetry collection, Thirst (Gallery Press, 1997). He was Writer in Residence for County Wicklow in 1998, editing two anthologies, Stream and Gliding Sun: A Wicklow Anthology and I am the Crocus: Poems by Children from County Wicklow. He recently edited an edition of the Poems of James Clarence Mangan for Gallery Press. He writes regularly for various papers and magazines, including The Irish Times, Poetry Review, Thumbscrew and Verse, and co-edits Metre with Justin Quinn.


David Wheatley Has written the following articles:


The Lighter Side: The Unspoken Rules of Book Reviewing II

In considering “the unspoken rules of book reviewing,” the editors came across David Wheatley’s superb essay on poet-critics (originally published in CPR a number of years ago) and decided to reprint a section of it (modified only by numbered bullets for emphasis). Here is the view “from across the pond” as it were. * * * […]

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The Drug of Art: David Wheatley on Ivan Blatný

Reviewed: Ivan Blatný, The Drug of Art: Selected Poems. Edited by Veronika Tuckerová. Ugly Duckling Presse, $15. When a mysterious and silent young man began delighting staff with his piano playing at a mental health unit in Kent in 2005, the numerous suggestions as to his identity included a Czech musician called Tomas Strnad. Although […]

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