PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and has long since lived in Dublin where he works part-time as an editor and broadcaster. He has also held a number of positions as Writer-in-Residence with public libraries and third level institutions in the city.
Since receiving the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry in 1989 he has published six full-length collections of poetry. Those books are: The Unwound Clock (1990), Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001), The Next Life (2012) and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2015) which also includes a selection of the the author’s own photographs. His New and Selected Poems, with an introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, was published in 2005 and reissued by the Dedalus Press in 2007 since when editions have appeared in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian translation.
In addition to poetry he has published a collection of short stories, Strange Bedfellows (1991) and his short fiction title for children, All the Way from China (1999), was a finalist for the Bisto Book of the Year Award.
His non-fiction titles include the best-selling humorous memoir, The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood (2009), the writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (fourth edition, 2013) and A Short History of Dublin (2000).
Pat Boran was, for a number of years, the presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, and he continues to contribute to a number of other radio programmes, including the hugely popular Sunday Miscellany.
A former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review, and co-editor of Dublin 15, an audio CD of poems about the city, he has edited many anthologies of poetry and prose, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), released with an audio CD of poems set to music by Roger Gregg and Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, and Shine On, poetry and prose in support of those affected by mental ill health. He is also the editor of Airborne: Poetry from Ireland, an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry on Apple's iBooks platform, and a co-editor, with Gerard Smyth, of the 2014 Dublin: One City, One Book designated title, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song. In early 2017 he edited, with Eugene O’Connell, the anthology The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit A Touchstone Poem.
Pat Boran is a member of Aosdána and the 2008 recipient of the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award.