By Pat Boran

Measuring: Dedalus New Writers 1

Editor Pat Boran introduces three new poets yet to publish full collections of their work


Dedalus New Writers  aims to introduce a small number of emerging writers, offering a more extensive selection of their work than might easily be accommodated in a literary journal or magazine. In doing so, we hope both to encourage new talent and to whet the appetites of the many admirers of new writing from Ireland, at home and abroad. The writers included in this first volume are poets Marie Coveney, Clare McCotter and John Saunders.

MARIE COVENEY grew up in Co. Cork and studied at the Crawford College of Art. Her poem ‘Our Time’ won the American-Ireland Fund Single Poem Competition at the Listowel Literary Festival in 2008. Her work has been published in many Irish journals. She performed at the 2010 West Cork Literary Festival in ‘The Next Generation Poets’ reading, and The Kinsale Arts Festival 2011. She was awarded special merit in The Dromineer Literary Festival 2010 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2010 and for The Listowel Collection Competition 2011 and The Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition 2011.

CLARE McCOTTER has worked as a psychiatric nurse, a lecturer and an English teacher. She was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Ulster in 2005, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on Beatrice Grimshaw’s travel writing and fiction. Her haiku, tanka and haibun have appeared in many journals and magazines. In 2008 she was runner-up in the Leaf Book International Poetry Competition, and winner of the IHS Dóchas Ireland Haiku Award in 2010 and 2011. She judged the British Haiku Awards 2010 and 2011. Black Horse Running: a collection of haiku, tanka and haibun (Alba Publishing, 2012) is her first collection. Home is Kilrea, Co. Derry.

JOHN SAUNDERS first collection After the Accident was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines. He is the Director of Shine, a national voluntary mental health organisation. He lives in Co. Offaly.

“It’s heartening to see the return of the “Introductory Volume” to bring readers to “new” poets (experienced though they are). Coveney, McCotter & Saunders are good choices to kick off what looks to be a series of volumes. These writers bring a sincere humanity to poetry, with a strong examining eye for the ills and oddities of the present day. Measuring is a recommended purchase, for its scope and variety, and for the saintly knowledge that you will have supported the growth of real talent by giving it audience.” — Jennifer Matthews, Southword

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About The Author


PAT BORAN is an Irish poet, editor and film maker. He was born in 1963 in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, and has long since lived in Dublin. One of the best known Irish poets of his generation, he was Writer-in-Residence with Dublin City Libraries, Dublin City University and the Western Education and Library Board in Fermanagh. He is the author of 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. The Statues of Emo Court (2021), Building the Ark (2022) and On a wave of Light (2022) are single-poem volumes, 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 of Irish poetry, 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 the popular anthology, The Word Ark: A Pocket Book of Animal Poems, illustrated by Sicilian artist Gaetano Tranchino. Since 2020 he has made more than a dozen short poetry films which have shown at film and literary festivals all over the world. Pat Boran’s distinctions include The Patrick Kavanagh Award and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also