School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Tara Bergin

Senior Lecturer in Writing Poetry (Creative Writing)


Tara Bergin has published two collections of poetry: This is Yarrow, which won the Seamus Heaney Centre for poetry Prize in 2013, and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), named Book of the Year by The Times and The Irish Times, and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize, and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. She is currently working on her third book. 


Tara wrote her PhD thesis on Ted Hughes's translations of the Hungarian poet János Pilinszky, and her MLitt thesis on English translations of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva.



Tara teaches Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules on writing poetry and creative practice.

She supervises PhDs with a particular focus on the practice of poetic translation and creativity.

Tara works part-time at Newcastle (Wed. & Thur.)

Room: 3.14, 3rd Floor, Percy Building

Usual Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00-14:00