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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Recent Poetry Films


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, 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.

Pat Boran on Bull Island, Dublin, the subject of his popular book of poetry and photographs, Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku, the subject of a radio documentary by Claire Cunningham, now available on Spotify