Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan (b. 16 October 1944, Dublin) is a contemporary Irish poet.

Life and Works

His main published collections include: "A Snail in my Prime", "Crazy About Women", "Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil" and "Cries of an Irish Caveman". He appeared on the 1990 Van Morrison album "Enlightenment", giving an idiosyncratic vocal performance on the song, "In The Days Before Rock'n'Roll", which he also co-wrote.

In 2003, he published a collection of his weekly addresses to the nation, "Paul Durcan's Diary", on RTÉ Radio I program "Today with Pat Kenny".

He is a member of Aosdána.


*1974 Patrick Kavanagh Award
*1989 Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award
*1990 The Whitebread Prize ("Daddy, Daddy")
*London Poetry Book Society choice for "The Berlin Wall Café"

Poetry books

*"Endsville", with Brian Lynch (New Writers' Press, 1967)
*"O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor" (Anna Livia Press, 1975)
*"Sam's Cross" (Profile Press, 1978)
*"Teresa's Bar" (The Gallery Press, 1976; revised edition, The Gallery Press, 1986)
*"Jesus, Break his Fall" (The Raven Arts Press, 1980)
*"Ark of the North (Raven Arts Press, 1982)
*"The Selected Paul Durcan" (edited by Edna Longley, The Blackstaff Press, 1982)
*"Jumping the Train Tracks with Angela" (Raven Arts Press/Carcanet New Press, 1983)
*"The Berlin Wall Café" (The Blackstaff Press, 1985)
*"Going Home to Russia" (The Blackstaff Press, 1987)
*"Daddy, Daddy" (The Blackstaff Press, 1990)
*"Crazy About Women" (The National Gallery of Ireland, 1991)
*"A Snail in My Prime. New and Selected Poems", (The Harvill Press /The Blackstaff Press, 1993)
*"Give Me Your Hand" (MacMillan, 1994)
*"Christmas Day" (The Harvill Press, 1997)
*"Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil"(The Harvill Press, 1999)
*"Cries of an Irish Caveman" (The Harvill Press, 2001)
*"The Art of Life" (The Harvill Press, 2004)
*"The Laughter of Mothers" (The Harvill Press, 2007)


"The Kilfenora Teaboy", (ed. Colm Tóibín, New Island Books, 1997;) ISBN 1-874597-31-6

External links

* [,,2247044,00.html "Guardian" review of "The Laughter of Mothers" by Caitriona O'Reilly]

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