By Pat Boran

Shine On

Edited by Pat Boran Foreword by Miriam O’Callaghan; a who’s who of contemporary Irish writing in support of those affected by mental ill health. Contributors include: Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan, Joseph O’Connor, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Alex Barclay, Colum McCann, Sinéad Morrissey, Kevin Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Brendan Kennelly and Paul Durcan, and many  more.


Shine On is a major anthology of prose and poetry in support of those affected by mental ill health. Edited and introduced by Pat Boran, and with a Foreword by Miriam O’Callaghan, this wide-ranging volume is a fascinating overview of Irish writing now, as well as a heartfelt and generous response to the challenges faced by so many members of our society, not least in the present dark and difficult times.

“A monumental and enlightening collection of writers coming together for a worthy cause” — Books Ireland


Alex Barclay * Leland Bardwell * Kevin Barry * Sara Berkeley * Dermot Bolger * Pat Boran * Colm Breathnach * Paddy Bushe * Philip Casey * Harry Clifton *  Michael Coady * Evelyn Conlon * Susan Connolly * Enda Coyle-Green * Tony Curtis * Pádraig J Daly * Philip Davison * Gerald Dawe * John F Deane * Patrick Deeley * Greg Delanty * Theo Dorgan * Paul Durcan * Christine Dwyer Hickey * Peter Fallon * Gerard Fanning * Gabriel Fitzmaurice * Miriam Gamble * Anthony Glavin * Eamon Grennan * Vona Groarke * Kerry Hardie * James Harpur * Jack Harte * Dermot Healy * Michael D Higgins * Rita Ann Higgins * Fred Johnston * Claire Keegan * Brendan Kennelly * Thomas Kinsella * Anatoly Kudryavitsky * Jessie Lendennie * Jinx Lennon * Dave Lordan * Aifric MacAodha * Catherine Phil MacCarthy * John MacKenna * Tom Mathews * Joan McBreen * Colum McCann * Molly McCloskey * Mike McCormack * Hugh McFadden * Iggy McGovern *  Máighread Médbh * Paula Meehan * Lia Mills * Judith Mok * John Montague * Sinéad Morrissey * Gerry Murphy * Nuala Ní Chonchúir * Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin * Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill * Jean O’Brien * Joseph O’Connor * Mary O’Donoghue * John O’Donnell * Mary O’Donnell * Dennis O’Driscoll * Michael O’Loughlin * Nessa O’Mahony * Mary O’Malley * Liam Ó Muirthile * Micheal O’Siadhail * Leanne O’Sullivan * Maeve O’Sullivan * Paul Perry * Billy Ramsell * Maurice Riordan * Mark Roper * Gabriel Rosenstock * Peter Sheridan * Gerard Smyth * Peter Sirr * Richard Tillinghast * Colm Tóibín * Eamonn Wall * Grace Wells * David Wheatley * Macdara Woods * Vincent Woods * Enda Wyley

ISBN 978 1 906614 46 1 Paperback

ISBN 978 1 906614 47 8 Hardback

140 x 21 mm, 304 pp
October 2011

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Weight .4 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

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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