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Theo Dorgan (Ireland)

Theo Dorgan, by Pat Boran
Theo Dorgan, by Pat Boran

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork, 1953. He is a poet who is also a novelist, non-fiction prose writer, editor, translator, broadcaster, librettist and documentary scriptwriter. He has published five books of poetry. His most recent collections are Greek, published 2012 and Nine Bright Shiners, published in 2014, both from Dedalus Press.

His two prose accounts of crossing the Atlantic under sail, Sailing For Home and Time on the Ocean; A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town, won wide acclaim, as has his recently published first novel, Making Way (New Island Books, 2013).

His translations of the Slovenian poet Barbara Korun, Songs of Earth and Light, were published by Southword Editions in 2005.

His own work has been translated into many languages. Two full collections have been published in Italian, and a selected poems in French. La Hija de Safo was published by Ediciones Hiperion, Madrid, in 2001

He has been editor of, among other titles, Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, the anthologies La Paume Ouverte, What we Found There and Watching the River Flow and, with Gene Lambert, Leabhar Mór na hÉireann / The Great Book of Ireland, an unique manuscript volume on vellum.

The prizes he has won include; the Listowel Prize for Poetry 1992, the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry 2010 (USA) and the Irish Times-Poetry Now Award 2015 (for best collection pub. 2014).