June 2016: Publication of Cathal McCabe's OUTER SPACE: SELECTED POEMS

Cathal McCabe was born in County Down, Northern Ireland in 1963, and grew up there, in Warrenpoint. Winner of the 2004 Strong Award for Poetry, he was shortlisted for the 2010 Hennessy XO Literary Award in the category Best Emerging Poet. In 2001, Poetry Review remarked on ‘[t]he impressive gravitas and beauty’ of his poetry, which ‘leave one hoping that it won’t be a long wait before McCabe’s first book is out.’

In The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2004) editor Selina Guinness echoed the sentiment: ‘The complexity of his verse forms is matched by an emotional maturity… and the acrobatic poise of his work promises great things for his first collection.’ Awarding McCabe The Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Poetry at the Poetry Now festival (PN04), John McAuliffe remarked on the poems’ unusually wide range of reference and McCabe’s ‘mastery of form’. Widely published over the years in magazines and anthologies (most recently in Penguin Ireland’s Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916), his poems are now finally brought together in a generous selection spanning the last twenty years or more.

Outer Space: Selected Poems marks the end of Cathal McCabe’s long ‘underground reputation’ (Dennis O’Driscoll) and makes available to a wider audience his award-winning verse in a landmark publication by Metre Editions.

Metre has previously published four chapbooks: Vona Groarke’s Windmill Hymns (2004), Harry Clifton’s God in France (2003), Jane Yeh’s Teen Spies (2003), and Evan Rail’s Tsunami (2004).

OUTER SPACE will be launched in Dublin and Newry in June 2016. You can purchase here and on Amazon.

For further information please contact David Wheatley <d.wheatley@abdn.ac.uk> or Justin Quinn <justin.quinn@ff.cuni.cz>.


Metre was a magazine of poetry that ran for seventeen issues from 1995 to 2005. This site presents a database of PDFs of original contributions to the magazine, and is hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague, under the auspices of the Centre for Irish Studies.