Iggy McGovern


Iggy McGovern is an Irish poet and physicist, born in Coleraine and educated in Belfast. He holds degrees in physics from Queen’s University, Belfast, and was a Professor of Physics in Trinity College, Dublin until retirement in 2013.

He has three collections of poetry published with Dedalus Press, ‘The King of Suburbia’ in 2005, ‘Safe House’ in 2010, and ‘The Eyes of Isaac Newton’ in 2017 (available on DCPAS). A poetic biography of the 19th century Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, ‘A Mystic Dream of 4’, was published by Quaternia Press in 2013. ‘The King of Suburbia’ won the inaugural Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry. Other awards include the Hennessy Award for Poetry and The Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. He has presented his poetry at writers’ festivals in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australasia.

McGovern’s poetry is characterised by form, rhyme, and occasional humour; it also reflects his professional career as a physicist. His interest lies in the common ground between Science and Literature, and he has been writing and lecturing on this theme.

More information: iggymcgovern.com, thepoetryproject.ie and www.dedaluspress.com