Welcome to the website of Irish poet and writer


Here you’ll find details and extracts of recent books, a variety of audio and video clips, and an archive of occasional blog posts.

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Short Biog

PAT BORAN is one of the best-known Irish poets.

He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose — among them Then Again (2019), A Man is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017), Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2015), the humorous memoir The Invisible Prison (2009/reissued 2019) and the popular writers’ handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop. His books have been translated into Italian, Hungarian, Macedonian & Portuguese.

The recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the US-based Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award, he is a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio. He has edited more than 100 books and anthologies, including (with co-editor Gerard Smyth) the bestselling If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dublin’s One City, One Book title in 2014) and, in 2020, The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems

He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists, and a frequent broadcaster and contributor to literary events.

Pat Boran at Bull Island, Dublin, the subject of his 2015 book Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku and subsequent radio documentary by Claire Cunningham. See blog entry of 5 October 2020 for details and download link


‘There is that moment when the barrier comes down / on Station Road, when the train to Howth has passed / and nothing happens …”

‘The Pier’, a new poem/film, shot on the East Pier, Howth, Aug. 2020. “By a kind of magnetic attraction, people return to the pier.”

Recent Posts

Video: The Sea

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