Celebrated Irish poet awarded Freedom of the City of London

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Paul Muldoon, the celebrated Irish poet, will receive the Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall on Monday 17 March (St. Patrick’s Day) 2014, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poetry.

Paul MuldoonDuring a career spanning over four decades, he has published over 30 collections of poetry and won numerous awards, notably, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Paul Muldoon has been nominated for the Freedom of the City of London by The Honourable The Irish Society, which commissioned him to write a cantata, At Sixes and Sevens, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Society in 2013. The piece was set to music and performed simultaneously in the Guildhalls of the City of London and Derry-Londonderry. During his research for the cantata, he visited London Metropolitan Archives to look at the archives of The Honourable The Irish Society, including the Great Parchment Book.

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