Sean O'Brien is the author of Laughter When We're Dead.
Sean O'Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He teaches on the MA in Writing course at Sheffield Hallam University and is Writer in Residence at the Live Theatre, Newcastle, jointly with Julia Darling.
His five collections of poetry to date have all won awards and with Downriver (Picador, 2001) he became the first person to have won the Forward Prize twice. He was Northern Writer of the Year in 2001. Cousin Coat : Selected Poems 1976-2001 will be published by Picador in autumn 2002.
In 2000 his first verse play, Laughter When We're Dead, was produced at Live Theatre, Newcastle, and later broadcast on Radio 3. A new version of Aristophanes' The Birds in verse, commissioned by the National Theatre, will be staged at the Lyttelton in July/August 2002.