Welcome to the website of Irish poet and writer
Here you’ll find details and samples of Pat Boran’s many books, his recent poetry films and audio work, and much more.
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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, Greek, French & Portuguese.
He is the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the US-based Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award. Pat Boran is also a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio and has edited more than 100 books and anthologies. These include (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.
Pat Boran is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s affiliation of creative artists, and a frequent broadcaster and contributor to literary events. In recent times much of his work is audio-visual, and since 2020 his short poetry films have featured and won prizes in festivals in Ireland, the UK, the US, India and elsewhere.