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By Pat Boran

Shine On

Edited by Pat Boran Foreword by Miriam O’Callaghan; a who’s who of contemporary Irish writing in support of those affected by mental ill health. Contributors include: Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan, Joseph O’Connor, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Alex Barclay, Colum McCann, Sinéad Morrissey, Kevin Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Brendan Kennelly and Paul Durcan, and many  more.


Shine On is a major anthology of prose and poetry in support of those affected by mental ill health. Edited and introduced by Pat Boran, and with a Foreword by Miriam O’Callaghan, this wide-ranging volume is a fascinating overview of Irish writing now, as well as a heartfelt and generous response to the challenges faced by so many members of our society, not least in the present dark and difficult times.

“A monumental and enlightening collection of writers coming together for a worthy cause” — Books Ireland


Alex Barclay * Leland Bardwell * Kevin Barry * Sara Berkeley * Dermot Bolger * Pat Boran * Colm Breathnach * Paddy Bushe * Philip Casey * Harry Clifton *  Michael Coady * Evelyn Conlon * Susan Connolly * Enda Coyle-Green * Tony Curtis * Pádraig J Daly * Philip Davison * Gerald Dawe * John F Deane * Patrick Deeley * Greg Delanty * Theo Dorgan * Paul Durcan * Christine Dwyer Hickey * Peter Fallon * Gerard Fanning * Gabriel Fitzmaurice * Miriam Gamble * Anthony Glavin * Eamon Grennan * Vona Groarke * Kerry Hardie * James Harpur * Jack Harte * Dermot Healy * Michael D Higgins * Rita Ann Higgins * Fred Johnston * Claire Keegan * Brendan Kennelly * Thomas Kinsella * Anatoly Kudryavitsky * Jessie Lendennie * Jinx Lennon * Dave Lordan * Aifric MacAodha * Catherine Phil MacCarthy * John MacKenna * Tom Mathews * Joan McBreen * Colum McCann * Molly McCloskey * Mike McCormack * Hugh McFadden * Iggy McGovern *  Máighread Médbh * Paula Meehan * Lia Mills * Judith Mok * John Montague * Sinéad Morrissey * Gerry Murphy * Nuala Ní Chonchúir * Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin * Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill * Jean O’Brien * Joseph O’Connor * Mary O’Donoghue * John O’Donnell * Mary O’Donnell * Dennis O’Driscoll * Michael O’Loughlin * Nessa O’Mahony * Mary O’Malley * Liam Ó Muirthile * Micheal O’Siadhail * Leanne O’Sullivan * Maeve O’Sullivan * Paul Perry * Billy Ramsell * Maurice Riordan * Mark Roper * Gabriel Rosenstock * Peter Sheridan * Gerard Smyth * Peter Sirr * Richard Tillinghast * Colm Tóibín * Eamonn Wall * Grace Wells * David Wheatley * Macdara Woods * Vincent Woods * Enda Wyley

ISBN 978 1 906614 46 1 Paperback

ISBN 978 1 906614 47 8 Hardback

140 x 21 mm, 304 pp
October 2011

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Weight.4 kg
Dimensions216 x 140 mm


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About The 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 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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