Friday 2 December 2016

TCD prizes given to Patti and Paxman

Published 05/11/2016 | 02:30

Patti Smith with Bono Photo: Cathal Burke / G McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Patti Smith with Bono Photo: Cathal Burke / G McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

Punk's poet laureate Patti Smith was joined by U2 front man Bono as she received the Edmund Burke Gold Medal from Trinity College Historical Society.

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Collecting the medal, Chicago-born Smith spoke of her love of Oscar Wilde and recited an extract from Wilde's 'De Profundis' - written towards the end of his incarceration in Reading prison.

Jeremy Paxman with Hilary Hogan of TCD Photo: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Jeremy Paxman with Hilary Hogan of TCD Photo: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM

Smith informed the room that it was a particularly emotional day for her as it was the anniversary of the death of her husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith.

She also spoke about her latest book 'M Train' and the importance of poetry.

Meanwhile, former 'Newsnight' presenter Jeremy Paxman was also on campus as he received the Trinity College Law Society Praeses Elit Award from Hilary Hogan.

Paxman is currently in Ireland promoting his new book, 'A Life in Questions'.

The memoir details Paxman's time presenting 'Newsnight' and acting as the long-standing quiz master of 'University Challenge'.

He will be signing copies of the book in Eason O'Connell Street today.

Irish Independent

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