Poetry Film: The Statues of Emo Court

Recorded in the grounds of Emo Court, Co. Laois, Ireland, The Statues of Emo Court celebrates patience, resilience and the turning of the seasons, finding inspiration in the statues of one of Ireland’s most celebrated Big Houses at Emo Court, not far from my native Portlaoise. The poem was commissioned by Dunamaise Arts Centre, and […]

Poetry Film: The Sea

The Sea is a poem about borders, natural and man-made. In the era of Brexit and Trump, mostly it is a letter of regret and enduring friendship to our neighbours across the Atlantic and the Irish Sea

Review of Then Again in The High Window

Then Again

Sincere thanks to Patrick Lodge, and to editor David Cooke, for this hugely encouraging review of Then Again in The High Window. EXCERTThis is an exceptional collection which rewards the reader constantly with elegant, incisive poetry whose effortless lyricism betrays the utmost craft behind it. Pat Boran may be not that well known this side […]

Poetry Film: Station Road

Recorded on Station Road, Dublin 13, this new poetry film is an invitation, in these stressful and challenging times, to slow things down and to get our racing imaginations back in sync with our breathing — as simple and challenging as that can be. (Many thanks to Alexandria Olivia Wijaya for the vocals at the […]

Bull Island Haiku, documentary

Claire Cunningham’s radio documentary based on my Bull Island Haiku was broadcast on Ireland’s Lyric FM on Sunday 4th October. The programme is now available as part of the RTÉ Lyric Fm Feature Podcast series, or directly in mp3 format at https://bit.ly/30BjIIv. A short introduction to the programme was also published on RTÉ’s Culture website […]

This Is A Book

“THIS IS A BOOK. It is what happens when the batteries die, when the lights go out, when the wires that join the world into the fantasy of connectedness run cold …” It’s a kind of miracle when a book is translated into another language and goes off, hopefully, on its own journey through the world. […]

Audio: The Pre-Electric Picnic

THE CANCELLATION of this year’s Electric Picnic means the highlight of many people’s autumn calendar – and a huge source of income for so many in Stradbally, Co. Laois, and beyond – has been lost for another year. Perhaps it’s been online all the time, but by an odd coincidence I was directed just now […]

Walking Back to My Heart

Walking Back To My Heart is a short film by Ann Marie Kelly in which Pat Boran returns to his native Portlaoise to explore the recent changes in the town, including the closure of the last of the schools in its historical centre, to meet some of the new inhabitants, and to consider the town’s […]

Video: Two Poems

Two videos from the Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, jointly funded by RTÉ Radio 1 and the Office of Public Works. Made in association with Poetry Ireland. Filmed at Emo Court, Co Laois. Filmed by CB Media. Produced by Rockfinch. ‘Learning to Dive’ and ‘The Inverse Wave’ © Pat Boran/Orange Crate Books. Published in […]