Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953.
He is a poet, novelist, prose writer, documentary screenwriter, editor, translator and broadcaster.
His poetry collections are The Ordinary House of Love (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Rosa Mundi (Salmon Poetry, 1995); and Sappho’s Daughter (Dublin, wave Train Press 1998). In 2008 Dedalus Press published What This Earth Cost Us, reprinting Dorgan’s first two collections with some amendments. After Greek (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2010), his most recent collection is Nine Bright Shiners (Dedalus Press 2014). Songs of Earth and Light, his versions from the Slovenian of Barbara Korun, appeared in 2005 (Cork, Southword Editions). In 2015 his translations from the French of the Syrian poet Maral al-Masri, BAREFOOT SOULS, appeared from ARC Publications, UK.
He has also published a selected poems in Italian, La Case ai Margini del Mundo, (Faenza, Moby Dick, 1999), and a Spanish translation of Sappho’s Daughter La Hija de Safo, (Madrid, Poesía Hiperión, 2001). Ellenica, an Italian translation of Greek, appeared in 2011 from Edizioni Kolibris in Italy.
His prose account of a transatlantic crossing under sail, Sailing For Home, was published by Penguin Ireland in 2004. In the same year, his libretto Jason And The Argonauts, to music by Howard Goodall, was commissioned by and premiered at The Royal Albert Hall, London — the text was published in book form by Wavetrain Press in 2014. A further prose book, Time On The Ocean, A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town, was published by New Island in 2010.
His first novel, Making Way, was published by New Island Books in 2013.
He has edited The Great Book of Ireland (with Gene Lambert, 1991); Revising the Rising (with Máirín Ní Dhonnachadha, 1991); Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1996); Watching the River Flow (with Noel Duffy, Dublin, Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, 1999); The Great Book of Gaelic (with Malcolm Maclean, Edinburgh, Canongate, 2002); and The Book of Uncommon Prayer (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2007). He was the editor of Foundation Stone: Notes Towards a Constitution for a 21st Century Republic (New Island Books, 2014). He has been series Editor European Poetry Translation Network publications and Director of the collective translation seminars from which the books arose.
A former Director of Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, he has worked extensively as a broadcaster of literary programmes on both radio and television. He was presenter of Poetry Now on RTÉ Radio 1, and later presented RTÉ's TV books programme, Imprint. Among his awards are the Listowel Prize for Poetry, 1992, The O'Shaughnessy Prize for Irish Poetry 2010 and the Irish Times Poetry Now Prize in 2015. He served on The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon 2003 -2008. He lives in Dublin.
Further information: www.theodorgan.com
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