By Clíona Ní Riordáin,

By Gerry Murphy,

By Katherine Duffy,

By Mary Montague,

By Pat Boran

Four Irish Poets / Quatre poètes irlandais

Edited by Clíona Ní Ríordáin with a Preface by Ní Ríordáin and Paul Bensimon, Four Irish Poets / Quatre poètes irlandais is a bilingual selection of the work of four contemporary Irish poets, aimed at a French-speaking readership


Edited by Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Four Irish Poets / Quatre poètes irlandais presents bilingual selections of the work of four Irish poets: Pat Boran, Katherine Duffy, Mary Montague and Gerry Murphy. Translations are by Anne Mounic, Paul Bensimon, Yves Lefevre and Isabelle Génin. The book was published on Bloomsday 2011 and launched at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. An ideal classroom text or bilingual introduction to contemporary Irish poetry.

ISBN 9781906614447 Paperback
140 x 216 mm, 100 pp
June 2011

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Weight.2 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm

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About The Author


Clíona Ní Ríordáin lives in Paris where she teaches at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is the editor of the bilingual Poetes du Munster: 1960-2015 (Illador) and of Four Irish Poets / Quatre poètes irlandais, a bilingual (English/French) selection of the work of four Irish poets: Pat Boran, Katherine Duffy, Mary Montague and Gerry Murphy, with translations by Anne Mounic, Paul Bensimon, Yves Lefevre and Isabelle Génin.


Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poetry collections include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and five previous collections from Dedalus, Rio de la Plata and All That (1993), The Empty Quarter (1995), Extracts from the Lost Log-Book of Christopher Columbus (1999), Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend (2002) and My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010). Dedalus also publish End of Part One: New and Selected Poems (2006). Murphy's poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and Pocket Apocalypse, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions. Murphy's own poems form the basis for a live poetry-and-music show by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, entitled The People's Republic of Gerry Murphy, which ran at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival in 2010 to considerable critical success. REVIEW EXCERPT "Murphy's voice is salacious, funny, pithy, angry-making, often verging on the side-of-the-mouth and, dare one add, tender... This is a worthwhile book, energetic and wise." — Fred Johnston, Poetry Ireland Review


Katherine Duffy was born in Dundalk in 1962. Her debut poetry collection, The Erratic Behaviour of Tides, was published by Dedalus Press in 1998, and was followed by Sorrow's Egg in 2011. She also writes fiction and in 2006 received the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award. Her fiction in the Irish language includes her award-winning novel for young adults, Splanctha (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1998). And she has translated stories by leading Irish language authors into English. She lives in Dublin where she works as a translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas.


Mary Montague was born in 1964, in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Her poetry collections are Tribe (Dedalus Press, 2008) and Black Wolf on a White Plain (Summer Palace Press, 2001). Tribe has been translated into Italian (Tribe/Tribù. Translator: Chiara De Luca. Edizioni Kolibris, 2014). Montague’s poetry features in the following anthologies: Science meets Poetry 3, ed. Jean-Patrick Connerade & Iggy McGovern, (Euroscience, Strasbourg, 2013). Four Irish Poets (Quatre poètes irlandais), ed. Clíona Ní Riordáin (Dedalus Press, 2011), The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets, Poems and Essays, ed. Joan McBreen (Salmon Poetry, 2009), Brass on Bronze (Errigal Press, 2005) and Beyond the Rubicon (Covehill Press, 1999), ed. Denise Blake, and breaking the skin, ed. Nigel McLoughlin, Matthew Fluharty and Frank Sewell (The Black Mountain Press, 2002). Her awards include: fellowship for Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, Scotland, 2010; joint first, Cúirt New Irish Writing award, Galway, 2008; prizewinner, Samhain International Poetry Competition, Donegal, 2004; Poetry Ireland nominee for Best Emerging Writer, International Poetry Now Festival, Dun Laoghaire, 2003; Support for the Individual Artist award 2002 (ACNI); Poetry Ireland selectee for 2001 Introductions series. PERSONAL STATEMENT "The natural world is the core inspiration of my poetry. In an age of extinctions, to write about nature is to write about ourselves and our most pressing concerns. My work explores the interactions of the the body and ecology, character and environment, and the power of memory." REVIEW EXCERPT “Montague’s poetry enacts a happy marriage between the scientist’s carefully objective eye and the lyricist’s celebratory (sometimes elegiac) rapture…” — Eamon Grennan, The Irish Times, 2008.


PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, 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 more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, the most recent of which are Then Again (2019), Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author, and A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017). Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian, with a selection recently issued in Portuguese, translated by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho. Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin. His memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published to considerable acclaim in 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and former 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), Shine On: Irish writers supporting those affected by mental ill health (2011), the 2014 Dublin One City, One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). His achievements include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also