Duhig, Ian

Ian Duhig was born into an immigrant family and worked with homeless people for fifteen years throughout England and Ireland before becoming a writer and poet. This is reflected in attitudes to home and landscape in his work, as suggested by the epigraph for his first book from Hugh of St Victor: ‘The man who loves his homeland is a beginner; he to whom every soil is as his own is strong; but he is perfect for whom the entire world is a foreign country.’ Duhig has written five books of poetry, most recently The Speed of Dark (Picador, 2007) which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot and Costa Poetry Prizes. More recently, a short story appeared in The New Uncanny (Comma, 2008) and the cowritten God Comes Home about the legacy of David Oluwale was performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in February 2009.