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By Pat Boran

Measuring: Dedalus New Writers 1

Editor Pat Boran introduces three new poets yet to publish full collections of their work




Dedalus New Writers  aims to introduce a small number of emerging writers, offering a more extensive selection of their work than might easily be accommodated in a literary journal or magazine. In doing so, we hope both to encourage new talent and to whet the appetites of the many admirers of new writing from Ireland, at home and abroad. The writers included in this first volume are poets Marie Coveney, Clare McCotter and John Saunders.

MARIE COVENEY grew up in Co. Cork and studied at the Crawford College of Art. Her poem ‘Our Time’ won the American-Ireland Fund Single Poem Competition at the Listowel Literary Festival in 2008. Her work has been published in many Irish journals. She performed at the 2010 West Cork Literary Festival in ‘The Next Generation Poets’ reading, and The Kinsale Arts Festival 2011. She was awarded special merit in The Dromineer Literary Festival 2010 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2010 and for The Listowel Collection Competition 2011 and The Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011.

CLARE McCOTTER has worked as a psychiatric nurse, a lecturer and an English teacher. She was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Ulster in 2005, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on Beatrice Grimshaw’s travel writing and fiction. Her haiku, tanka and haibun have appeared in many journals and magazines. In 2008 she was runner-up in the Leaf Book International Poetry Competition, and winner of the IHS Dóchas Ireland Haiku Award in 2010 and 2011. She judged the British Haiku Awards 2010 and 2011. Black Horse Running: a collection of haiku, tanka and haibun (Alba Publishing, 2012) is her first collection. Home is Kilrea, Co. Derry.

JOHN SAUNDERS first collection After the Accident was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines. He is the Director of Shine, a national voluntary mental health organisation. He lives in Co. Offaly.

“It’s heartening to see the return of the “Introductory Volume” to bring readers to “new” poets (experienced though they are). Coveney, McCotter & Saunders are good choices to kick off what looks to be a series of volumes. These writers bring a sincere humanity to poetry, with a strong examining eye for the ills and oddities of the present day. Measuring is a recommended purchase, for its scope and variety, and for the saintly knowledge that you will have supported the growth of real talent by giving it audience.” — Jennifer Matthews, Southword


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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 six collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author, and, with an introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, A Man Is Only As Good (2017), a pocket-sized new and selected poems. Editions of his work have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian. His fiction publications include the short story collection, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and his Bisto Book of the Year Shortlisted children's title, All the Way from China (1999). 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) and, with Gerard Smyth, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song, the 2014 Dublin: One City, One Book choice. 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

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