The poem ‘Children’ was first published in 1990 when it was written for a volume of poems, Thistledown, produced in aid of UNICEF by the Dedalus Press. Since then ‘Children’ has had a number of incarnations in anthologies and other publications. This new film version, with accompanying music by the author, is something of an […]
Christmas is not an easy time for many, particularly those feeling the absence of loved ones. This version of Jingle Bells is for them.
Out of the Blue is a poetry film by Irish poet Pat Boran, shot in Baldoyle, Sutton and Howth, Co. Dublin, during Spring/Summer 2022. It remembers all those who, for various reasons and over many centuries, have come to make new lives in this part of Ireland, and whose names and influences are everywhere to […]
On school daze, great teachers, and making sense of the past. WHY DO POETS WRITE so much about the past? Surely there’s enough going on now to occupy us? I’ll come right out and say it at the start: I have little time for nostalgia, for the idea that the past was a better place than […]
How small events can change the course of our lives This is a poem I wrote thirty years ago, give or take. I like to think I’d do it better today, but it still contains something that was a lesson to me then, and still speaks to me now. Back in the 1970s, like a lot of […]
Immigrants Open Shops is a short film about a truth that I missed for many years, until it was pointed out to me by my friend, the Iraqi poet, Sargon Boulus. Contrary to the fears, and often the fear-mongering in some communities, immigration has many benefits: bringing new energy, new talent and new perspectives, and […]
The power of lovers to find each other in the world, and, even in hard times, to make the world bearable for each other, is something to celebrate. The Inverse Wave is a poetry film about recording, noise cancellation – oh yes, and love. Poem, music and film by Pat Boran. Entirely made from StoryBlocks […]
First published in 2001 in As the Hand, the Glove, Lost and Found is a poem about waste, sustainability and recycling – and about the gifts given to us by those who came before. It was prompted by my late father’s habit of accumulating all kinds of things, in case they might someday come in […]
In an era when the word ‘snowflake’ has become an insult, A Winter Blessing considers our attitudes to openness and vulnerability, while the film also remembers Ukichiro Nakaya, a Japanese nuclear physicist who turned from his original profession in order to study the composition of snow — perhaps a lesson for our time.
On a Wave of Light is the result of a ‘Local Live Performance Laois County Council’ commission, for which I’m hugely grateful. Like most of my previous films, it was shot entirely on an iPhone. The music, which I wrote and played (in something of a new departure), was greatly enriched by a generous contribution […]