writer . performer . editor . educator...
Dave Lordan is a multi-genre writer, performer, editor, and educator. He has been described as Ireland’s most vital and courageous poet, and a performer of electrifying intensity. Lordan provides a portal to the inspirational power of the spoken and written word, and is currently one of Ireland’s leading educators in creative writing.
Born in 1975 in Derby in the UK to working class Irish parents, Dave Lordan soon returned to Clonakilty in West Cork, where he grew up. He attended Clonakilty Community College from 1987-92, where he was taught English by the renowned novelist Eamon McGrath. In 1992 he received the Australian Ambassador’s award for achievement in the Leaving Certificate.
Dave’s first involvement in the formal arts was as member of the famed Craic Na Caoilte street theatre collective in 1990 and 1991.
He attended UCC from 1991 to 1998 and graduated with an MA in English Literature. His first poetry pamphlet -18- was published in 1994 by the university’s prestigious English Literature Society, edited with an introduction by Philip Coleman, now a fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
After winning acclaim since his time at UCC in the early 1990s as a fiercely energetic poetry performer, Dave won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2005 for his manuscript The Boy in The Ring, a book of poems on the theme of suicide and overcoming, later published by Salmon Poetry. The Boy in The Ring also won the Strong Award for best Irish First collection.
In 2009 Dave travelled to live in Mantova, Italy where he teamed up with local poets and became active in the local literary community community, returning later to tour Northern Italy in 2010, and Sardinia in 2012. While in Italy Dave wrote the play Jo Bangles, which was staged in The Mill Theatre and The Focus Theatre in 2010 starring Mary McEvoy & directed by Caroline Fitzgerald. He also wrote his second collection of poems Invitation to A Sacrifice, on the theme of austerity and the resistance to it. The collection went on to be favourably compared to the work of Joyce, Swift, Kavanagh and Kinsella in the Irish Times.
In 2010 Dave also began to work in radio, as literary contributor, panellist, and reviewer for RTE Arena, Ireland’s flagship arts magazine radio show. Dave was appointed researcher for the New RTE Poetry Programme in 2014. He has also been covered and interviewed on Lyric FM’s Nova, the show for avant-garde sound art, radio art, new music, and spoken word in Ireland.
In 2011 Dave was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award becoming the first Irish poet to win all three national prizes for young Irish poets.
In 2011 Dave began work in partnership with RTE ARENA on Ireland’s first ever On-air creative writing course - a kind of Radio MOOG - bringing free creative writing education to ARENA’s 35000 listeners. The success of the on-air course led to the publication by RTE and New Island of the groundbreaking New Planet Cabaret anthology in 2012. 2011 also saw the release of the poetry CD Surviving The Recession.
In 2012, in partnership with the Big Smoke Writing Factory, Dave founded Dublin Young Authors, a school for talented teen writers which has since expanded to run every Saturday during the school year, and to host a summer school in July.
In 2012 Culture Ireland supported performance tours of New York, and Newfoundland.
Also in 2012 Dave guest edited The Stinging Fly, Ireland’s leading literary magazine, and after the success of this special issue, which saw the first publication of a number of new wave Irish writers including Oisin Fagan, Claire Louise Bennett, & Rob Doyle, & is now a collector’s Item, Dave was invited to become a permanent part of The Stinging Fly Team as a mentor & a contributing editor.
Dave joined the academic staff at the Centre for Poetry Studies in DCU in 2012, where he researches and teaches new media poetry and the pedagogy of creative writing teaching. In 2013 he was nominated for the DCU President’s award for his work in creative writing pedagogy. Dave now regularly offers teacher-training courses for anyone interested in learning how to teach creative writing.
In 2013 Dave received two Pushcart prize nominations for his short fiction, and published the acclaimed First Book of Frags with Wurmpress. At this time Dave also began teaching his ongoing and popular experimental writing courses for writers interested in exploring the rich heritage of experimental writing techniques and also for artists from all other disciplines who wish to incorporate text into their practices.
In 2014 Dave’s third collection of poems Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains was released, with the title poem later adapted by folk singer Christy Moore for inclusion in his 2016 album Lily. Also in 2014 collaborations began in earnest with Radio Artist Bernard Clarke in 2014, and Dave released the poetry album Discover Ireland, available on Bandcamp.
In 2015 Dave founded bogmanscannon.com, now one of Ireland leading alt.culture websites. 2015 also saw the release of the Young Irelander’s anthology by New Island, edited by Dave and showcasing the new wave of Irish short story writers.
Between 2013 and 2016 Dave has released a number of poetry films including Because I’m Human, Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains, The Fucking Titanic, and My Mother Speaks to Me of Suicide. In May of 2016 Dave was appointed the Patron of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival, began broadcasting The Pirate Show on Dublin Digital Radio & Clonline.ie, & released his ‘incendiary’ book of essays The Word In Flames - Essays on literature & Revolt.