Seán Hewitt

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Born1990 (age 32–33)
OccupationPoet, lecturer, critic
NationalityBritish, Irish
EducationUniversity of Cambridge
University of Liverpool
Literary criticism
Notable worksTongues of Fire
Notable awardsEric Gregory Award
Resurgence Prize

Seán Hewitt (born 1990) is an English poet, lecturer and critic.[1]


Seán Hewitt was born in Warrington, UK, to an Irish mother and English father.[2] He studied English at Girton College, Cambridge|Girton College, University of Cambridge.

Hewitt received his PhD, on the works of John Millington Synge|J.M. Synge, from the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.[3] He currently lives in Dublin, where he lectures in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, and is Poetry Critic for The Irish Times.[4][5]

Hewitt was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2019, and won the world's biggest ecopoetry award, the Resurgence Prize, in 2017.[6][7] He also received a Northern Writers' Award in 2016.[8] His debut pamphlet, Lantern, was published by Offord Road Books in 2019, was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice,[9] and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award.[10] His debut collection, Tongues of Fire, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2020.[11][12]

Tongues of Fire was released to critical acclaim. It was Poetry Book of the Month in The Observer[13], and a Book of the Year in The Guardian[14] and The Irish Times[15], and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.[16] The Sunday Times wrote that "his work will stand the test of time".[17] Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Max Porter (writer)|Max Porter describes Hewitt as "an exquisitely calm and insightful lyric poet, reverential in nature and gorgeously wise in the field of human drama."[18] Tongues of Fire is a book of lyric poetry, and explores queer sexuality, grief, and the natural world.[19][20]

Hewitt's book-length study of the Irish playwright, poet and writer John Millington Synge|J.M. Synge, J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism, is published by Oxford University Press.[21]

Hewitt was listed as one of The Sunday Times "30 under 30" artists in 2020.[22]

  • Poetry Book Society Recommendation, for Tongues of Fire, 2020.[16]
  • Eric Gregory Award, Society of Authors, 2019.
  • Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, for Lantern, 2019.[9]
  • Maurice J. Bric Medal of Excellence, Irish Research Council, 2019.[23]
  • The Resurgence Prize, Poetry School, 2017.[24][25]
  • Northern Writers' Award, New Writing North, 2016.
  • J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2021)
  • Tongues of Fire (Jonathan Cape, 2020)
  • Lantern (Offord Road Books, 2019)


  1. "Seán Hewitt". Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  2. "Arena Tuesday 28 April 2020". Arena. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  3. "Irish Studies student wins major poetry prize - Articles - Institute of Irish Studies - University of Liverpool". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  4. "BBC Front Row". BBC. Retrieved 2020-09-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Dr Seán Hewitt". Trinity College Dublin. Retrieved 2020-09-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Doyle, Martin. "Irish poets Seán Hewitt and James Conor Patterson win Eric Gregory Awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  7. "News | The Society of Authors". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  8. "Announcing the winners of the Northern Writers' Awards 2016". Northern Writers Awards. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Summer 2019 Selections". The Poetry Book Society. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  10. "Critical friends - Book Review - Poetry". TLS. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  11. "Seán Hewitt". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  12. "The Nan Shepherd Prize – Interview with Seán Hewitt". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  13. "Poetry book of the month: Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt – review". the Guardian. 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  14. "The best books and audiobooks of 2020 so far". the Guardian. 2020-05-14. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  15. Doyle, Martin. "Books of 2020: Max Porter, Emilie Pine, Sara Baume and more pick the best reads of the year so far". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Summer 2020 Selections". The Poetry Book Society. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  17. Wright, Bert. "Tongues of Fire by Seán Hewitt review". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  18. Doyle, Martin. "Books of 2020: Max Porter, Emilie Pine, Sara Baume and more pick the best reads of the year so far". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  19. Hewitt, Seán. "Seán Hewitt: I would give all my poems to have my father back". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  20. Boland, Eavan (2019). "Featured Poet: Seán Hewitt". Poetry Ireland Review. 127: 66 – via Complementary Index.
  21. Hewitt, Seán (2021-01-07). J.M. Synge: Nature, Politics, Modernism. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-886209-3.
  22. Barter, Pavel. "30 under 30: Ireland's most promising artists". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  23. "Irish Research Council announces 2019 'Researchers of the Year'". Irish Research Council. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  24. "First Prize: Ilex by Seán Hewitt | Resurgence Poetry Prize". Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  25. "Seán Hewitt wins 2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize – The Poetry Society". Retrieved 2020-09-01.

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