Welcome to the website of Irish poet and writer
Here you’ll find details and extracts of Pat Boran’s many published books, his recent film poems 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 & 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.
‘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.”