Author

PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and has long since lived in Dublin. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third level institutions and has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, the most recent of which are Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author, and A Man Is Only As Good (2017), a pocket-sized new and selected poems. Editions of his poetry have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian, with a selection forthcoming in Portuguese. Non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (revised and updated, 2013) and A Short History of Dublin (2000). His humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published in December 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), with Gerard Smyth, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the 2014 Dublin: One City, One Book choice and, with Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem. Awards include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in the US in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána. (see also www.patboran.com)