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
Dimensions 216 × 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 is an Irish poet, 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), My Flirtation with International Socialism (2010) and Muse (2015) His latest collection is The Humours of Nothingness (2020). 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. (See


Mary Montague is a biologist by background with a PhD in ornithology. Her poetry collections are Tribe (Dedalus 2008) and Black Wolf on a White Plain (Summer Palace 2001). Her poems are in a number of anthologies, most recently Her Other Language (ed. Ruth Carr & Natasha Cuddington; Arlen Press 2020), and have been translated into French, Italian and Russian. She received a Support for the Individual Artist award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2017, and was a 2019 recipient of a Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Mid-career Bursary. She contributes to The Guardian’s Country Diary. "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."


PAT BORAN was born in 1963 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. He has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Then Again (Dedalus Press, 2019) and Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (Orange Crate Books, 2016) with photographs by the author. A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems was published in 2017 by Orange Crate Books. Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian, Macedonian and Portuguese, with further works in progress. Pat Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin (Mercier Press). His humorous memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published by Dedalus Press in 2009 and published in Italian as Un'Infanzia Irlandese in 2019 by Edizioni Kolibris. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and a former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, Pat Boran 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 (with co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). During lockdown in Spring 2020 he edited and produced The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems, illustrated by the Sicilian artist Gaetano Tranchino. Pat Boran’s distinctions 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