Creativity Update #poetry #memoir #drama #documentary #song

Medium, my collection published by Frontline Press over the summer, has sold out its print run, aside from a couple of dozen held back for readings. Thanks everybody who bought it! E-book up this week. An audio version coming soon. In the meantime check-out my many audiobooks here: https://davelordan.bandcamp.com

Frontline Press’s next project will be a joint collection by me & Karl Parkinson, Back To Normal, should be out in time for Christmas, maybe early 2022.

In 2022 we’ll be working on our first Anthology, Enemies of The State – Writings from Rebel Ireland. A multi-genre anthology that will include everyone from Wolfe Tone to the most uncompromising present day writers.

We’ll keep ye posted.


My work has been included in various anthologies, which i encourage you to support. The 32, An Anthology of Working Class Voices, edited by Paul McVeigh from Ireland has been a hit. My piece, Revelations, was picked out for high praise in both The Independent & The Irish Times. I’m working on a soundscaped audio version with musician Aidan Daly – planning to release as a Vinyl micro-run, as in 50 pressings or so, with sleeve notes and original cover art. message me if you want to book one of those.

Aside from this there is The Cry of The Poor, An Anthology of Radical Writings about Poverty, edited by Fran Lock & published by the UK socialist press Culture Matters UK. It features my poem Invisible Horses, which you can see me perform live here, introduced by Christy Moore. https://youtu.be/5VaQjjM99F0

The admirable Declan Geraghty of Ballyfermot & Ballymun Writers group is meanwhile rounding off an anthology on the theme of Homelessness, which will include my short story ‘Black is The Colour’.

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Along with renowned author & literature professor Michael O Sullivan I am editing a collection of critical writings on Class and Precarity in a New World Order: Writers and Artists Respond. Call out here https://tinyurl.com/692tyszk

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Archive-wise I have been asked to contribute to the new Working Class Writing archive at UCD. I will also be speaking at the very first conference on working class studies in Ireland, covered here https://workingclassstudies.com

My play Jo Bangles has been entered into the National Library archive by Focus Theatre.

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Readings have of course been few and far between, but I am privileged to have read as part of the Live Arts Showcase in DeBarras over the summer, to participate this weekendc in the Frank Harte Singing Festival, and to be looking forward to appearing at The Frederick Douglas Festival in Wexford in a few weeks time. I have a strong preference for participating in general arts festivals, (especially folk, community, or political festivals) over so called Literary Festivals, so it has been really pleasing over the last few years to take part in events such as Doolin Folk Festival, Traveller Pride, Clonakilty Guitar Festival, Waterford Blaa Weekend & so on. Hopefully more of that to come!


I recite my poem Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains as part of the new singing documentary Beyond The Pale – Celebrating Wicklow’s history in Traditional song. The lively documentary was commissioned by The Frank Harte Singing Festival & features lots of great bards & musicians – watch it here https://youtu.be/CsPDRrGuDSw

I’m putting the finishing touches to a new mini-documentary: ShuttleKnit: The Story so Far. It’s about the company Shuttleknit in Wicklow, A Traveller-women run knitwear company. A great crew altogether – should be online in a couple of weeks. I specialise in mini-documentary & archive footage for community & grassroots groups – message me if interested.

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I have been commissioned to write a radio drama for young people by EU International
Arts, which will be translated into seven languages & broadcast across Europe & North Africa. This follows on similiar projects with The Irish National Opera, ReadonEU, & Graffiti Youth Theatre.

I will be visiting schools in Ballymun, Bray, Leitrim, Cork, Kildare and elsewhere in the run up to Christmas. I talk to Leaving Certs about the poetry curriculum, and how to improve their writing in preparation for the exam. I workshop TY’s on various themes such as Freedom, Anti-Bullying, Voicing The Underdog and so on.


My work comes in for very positive mention in the new pamphlet from Kevin Higgins – Thrills & Difficulties, On Being a Marxist Poet in Ireland, which I highly recommend – available here from Beir Bua https://tinyurl.com/y6kxandd


That’s about it – so as they say, rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated!


PS – I have room for one or two mentees. If you are working on a poetry manuscript & want professional editing, shout me.