The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of Aosdána member, James Liddy, who died on Tuesday 4 November 2008.
Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: "James Liddy was one of the most independent, engaging and original poets of his time. His poetry, which revealed a consistent intellectual and emotional curiosity, was widely read in Ireland and abroad. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and we offer our sympathies to his family and friends."
Born in Dublin in 1934, he was educated at University College Dublin and the King’s Inns.
James edited Arena magazine in the 1960s, and The Gorey Detail from 1977 to 1983. His poetry was included in The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (1970) and other collections; his own poetry publications were Esau, My Kingdom for a Drink (1962), In a Blue Smoke (1964), Blue Mountain (1968), A Life of Stephen Dedalus (1969), A Munster Song of Love and War (1971), Baudelaire's Bar Room Flowers (1975), Corca Bascinn (1977), Comyn's Lay (1978), Chamber Pot Music (1982), At the Grave of Father Sweetman (1984), A White Thought in a White Shade/New & Selected Poems (1987), Art is Not for Grown-Ups (1990), In the Slovak Bowling Alley (1990), Collected Poems (1994), Epitaphery (1998), Gold Set Dancing (2000) and I Only Know That I Love Strength in My Friends and Greatness (2003). His novel, Young Men Go Walking, was published by Wolfhound in 1986 and The Doctor's House: An Autobiography was published by Salmon in 2005. He was associated with a Milwaukee journal, The Blue Canary, and was an occasional reviewer for The Irish Times.
He was a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the U.S., where he had lived for over twenty years.