Nick Laird

Nick Laird




Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1975, Nick Laird was educated at Cookstown High School and Cambridge University. He worked as a lawyer for several years before leaving law to write full-time. The recipient of many prizes for his poetry and fiction, including the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Ireland Chair of Poetry Award, the Betty Trask Prize, a Somerset Maugham award, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, he has lived in London, Warsaw, and Rome. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York


“Laird has written a truly superb novel exploring the possibilities and impossibilities of forgiveness” – Publishers Weekly

A powerful novel about two sisters who must reclaim themselves after their lives are dramatically upended, from an award-winning author with “a wonderfully original and limber voice” – The New York Times


Author photo credit: Mark Pringle

Event 16: Nick Laird & Zadie Smith talk to John Mullan

Alexander McKenzie Stage

Queen’s Park residents Zadie Smith and Nick Laird read from their latest books and talk about their work and teaching at New York University.  Zadie’s most recent book Feel Free is a collection of essays. Nick’s novel Modern Gods is just out in paperback and his new poetry collection Feel Free is due to be published […]

Fiction Poetry