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Pat Boran

Pat Boran is a poet, fiction writer, publisher and radio broadcaster. He was born in Portlaoise in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin.

He has published five collections of poetry: The Unwound Clock (1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and The Next Life (2012). His New and Selected Poems was first published by Salt Publishing, UK, in 2005 and reissued by Dedalus in 2007. Volumes of his Selected Poems have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian translations.

In addition to poetry, he has published a number of volumes of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the prose memoir The Invisible Prison (2009).  Other prose works include short stories, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and a fiction title for children, All the Way from China (1999), a finalist for the Bisto Book of the Year Award. His popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (1999) was reissued in a revised and expanded edition in 2005, and he is also the author of A Short History of Dublin (2000).

For many years he was the Programme Director of the Dublin Writers Festival and has held writer-in-residence posts with Dublin Corporation, Dublin City Libraries and Dublin City University as well as with the Western Education and Library Board in Fermanagh. He has been the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, and has long been a regular contributor to the popular Sunday morning programme Sunday Miscellany.

In 2005 he took over the role of editor at the Dedalus Press, one of Ireland’s longest established poetry imprints. Among the many books he has edited for the press are Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), The Bee-Loud Glade (2011) and Shine On (2011), a volume of poetry and prose contributions from many of the best-known names in Irish writing, in support of those affected by mental ill health.

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