Pat Boran

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Pat Boran (born 1963) is an Irish poet. Born in Portlaoise,[1] Boran has lived in Dublin for a number of years. He is the publisher of the Dedalus Press[2] which specialises in contemporary poetry from Ireland, and international poetry in English-language translation, and was until 2007 Programme Director of the annual Dublin Writers Festival.[3] Currently he is the presenter of "The Poetry Programme", a weekly half-hour poetry programme on RTÉ Radio 1. (The archive for the programme features his interviews with poets such as Tess Gallagher, Tony Curtis, John Haynes, Gerry Murphy and Jane Hirshfield.) He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 1989 and in 2008 received the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

His poetry publications include The Unwound Clock (1990), History and Promise (1991), Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and The Next Life (2012). His New and Selected Poems (2005), with an Introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, was first published by Salt Publishing UK and was reissued in 2007 by Dedalus Press. Volumes of his selected poems have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian. His writers' handbook, The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (2005), was reissued in an expanded and revised edition by New Island while his A Short History of Dublin (2000) is published by Mercier Press. His most recent poetry publication is "Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku" (2015), a haiku sequence or rensaku that explores the interplay of flora, fauna and human activity on Dublin Bay's Bull Island. The book also features the author's own photographs. In 2007 Pat Boran was elected to the membership of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of artists and writers.[4]


Poetry books

With links to years in poetry:

  • 2015: "Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku" (Orange Crate Press, distributed by Dedalus)[5]
  • 2012: The Next Life (Dedalus)[5]
  • 2007: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus)[5]
  • 2001: As the Hand, the Glove (Dedalus)[5]
  • 1996: The Shape of Water (Dedalus)[5]
  • 1993: Familiar Things (Dedalus)[5]
  • 1990: History and Promise (IUP)[5]
  • 1990: The Unwound Clock (Dedalus)[5]


  • 2014: If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press), edited with Gerard Smyth. Dublin: One City, One Book designated title, 2014.
  • 2012: Airborne: Poetry from Ireland (Dedalus Press). Anthology of contemporary Irish poetry exclusive to iBooks platform.
  • 2011: Shine On: Irish Writers for Shine (Dedalus Press), Irish poets and fiction writers in supports of those affected by mental ill health
  • 2011: The Bee-Loud Glade: A Living Anthology of Irish Poetry' (Dedalus). Anthology of some twenty Irish poets together with accompanying audio CD of selected poems set to music and performed by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.
  • 2008: Flowing Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (Dedalus). Essays by some of the best-known names in contemporary Irish writing.
  • 2006: Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler' (Dedalus). An introduction to some of the Irish and international poets on the Dedalus list.


With links to years in literature:

  • 1998: All the Way from China (Poolbeg)[5]
  • 1991: Strange Bedfellows (Salmon)[5]


  • 2000: A Short History of Dublin (Mercier)[5]
  • 2005: The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (New Island)[5]
  • 2009: The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood (Dedalus Press)


  1. ^ "A Short History of Dublin", The Irish Times Weekend, June 17, 2000. (subscription)
  2. ^ Smyth, Michael. "Writing to the Occasion", The Irish Times, April 12, 2008. (subscription)
  3. ^ Walsh, Caroline. "Opportunity knocks twice in the arts", The Irish Times, July 22, 2006.
  4. ^ Falvey, Deirdre. "Artists who work across genres included", The Irish Times, December 18, 2007. (subscription)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l [1], Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "pbcom" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

External links

  • Pat Boran's Web site
  • The Invisible Prison
  • Dedalus Press
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