Poetry Film: The Mistake

A mistake in childhood may prove to be a lens through which the past is more clearly visible. A poetry film by Pat Boran. With thanks to the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, for its support. THE MISTAKE One power-cut storm night, almost fifty years ago, I set a dancing candle down beside a drape, and […]

Poetry Film: Greek Vase

Greek Vase looks at a beautiful work of art and sees in it an image of the casual violence of our own time. A poetry film by Pat Boran. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs0RgnuCQTs

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. A poetry film by Pat Boran. https://youtu.be/gKKXzEZ7Lgo

Review of Then Again in The High Window

Sincere thanks to Patrick Lodge, and to editor David Cooke, for this hugely encouraging review of Then Again in The High Window. EXCERT This 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 […]

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. A poetry film by Pat Boran, with special thanks to Alexandria […]

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 […]

Poetry Film: The Pier

The Pier , a poetry film by Pat Boran, was shot on the East Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin, in August 2020. https://youtu.be/VMu5FuztdOc