Durcan is one of the greatest living English language poets. He is a member of Aosdána, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award, and is known as Ireland’s most playful poet. His new collection The Days of Surprise contains 67 poems on topics as disparate as the weather forecast, the war in Syria, a visit to the GP's surgery, the joys of retail therapy, clampers and Seamus Heaney. Durcan’s trademark humour runs throughout his poetry, with typically impish titles The Last Great Achill Island Volkswagen Beetle Protestant and The WB Yeats Shopping Centre. His award-winning works include A Snail in my Prime, Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being.