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The Dedalus Press is one of Ireland’s best known and longest running literary imprints, specialising in the best in contemporary Irish poetry and poetry from around the world in translation. We also publish occasional prose titles by poets, or books which survey or explore aspects of the world of poetry. The press receives support from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and is a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to improving the visibility of poetry and the lot of poets. Dubbed “one of the most outward-looking poetry presses in Ireland and the UK” (, the press, named for James Joyce’s Stephen Dedalus, is heir to both a classical inheritance and a particularly Irish interpretation of same.

Founded in 1985 by poet John F Deane, Dedalus Press has been run since 2006 by poet / broadcaster Pat Boran and manager Raffaela Tranchino. Dedalus now publishes approximately 10 new titles per year and is widely recognised as one of the most pro-active of Irish literary publishers, introducing dozens of new poets to the public in that time.

Recent projects and publications include the 2014 Dublin: One City, One Book bestselling anthology If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the pocket anthology The Bee-Loud Glade featuring an audio CD of poems set to music by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre; the ebook sampler anthology Airborne: Poetry from Ireland on the Apple’s iBooks platform; and the major anthology of new Irish poetry and prose, Shine On, supporting people affected by mental ill health. AudioRoom is the occasional podcast, available on the iTunes store, making recordings of readings by its poets available to an online audience, “An invaluable new dimension on the Irish studies front”, in the words of The Irish Times.


Directors: Pat Boran (Secretary) and Raffaela Tranchino

Raffaela Tranchino was born in Siracusa, Sicily and has lived in Ireland since 1997. She has a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and is an experienced teacher of Italian, English and French at second level. She has also worked in financial services and in import/export.

Pat Boran is a poet, fiction writer and broadcaster, born in Portlaoise and long since living in Dublin. He is a former Programme Director of the Dublin Writers Festival, former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, and former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ radio. He has held numerous Writer-in-Residence positions and conducted writing and editing workshops throughout Ireland. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose and is a member of Aosdána.

The Dedalus Press is committed to compliance with the highest standards of data protection legislation and recommendations, and with best practice as applies to small not-for-profit arts organisations. We are also committed to The Governance Code: Principles of Good Governance as set out in the attached document HERE. A copy of our most recent Audited Accounts may be found HERE.