Artistic CV

Dave Lordan 0870921117


1996 – B.A in English & History UCC.

1998 – M.A in Modern Literature UCC.

1999 – RELSA certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.

2001 – M.Phil in Creative Writing, Trinity College Dublin.

2016 – Certificate in Premier Pro Video Software. 


Arts Council Poetry Bursary – 2004

Patrick Kavanagh Award – Runner up 2002, winner 2005

Strong/Shine Award – Winner 2008

Irish Times Poetry Prize – shortlisted 2008

1st Prize Dublin Book Short Story Competition, 2010

Ireland Chair of Poetry Award – 2011

Presidents Award DCU – Poetry Centre Nomination 2014

Clonakilty Community Arts Trophy, 2016

Arts Council Agility Award, 2021

Poetry Town Bursary, 2022

Current Projects and Recent Achievements. (click bold text to open links)

Appointed to the Education Team of The Museum of Childhood Ireland. See video here.

Publication of Back To Normal, joint poetry collection with Karl Parkinson, published by Front Line Press, funded by Poetry Ireland Poetry Town Bursary.

Publication of Primer Libro De Fragmentos, Chilean-Spanish trs of my experimental fiction work First Book of Frags (Wurm Press 2013, editor Kit Fryatt) 

Release of Ravelations, soundscaped memoir, funded by Arts Council Agility Award

Presentation of my documentary Shuttleknit – The Story So Far, Funded by Wicklow Travellers Group.

Presentation at Working Class Studies – An Interdiciplinary Conference in UCD of my paper on The Persistence of The Oral – folksong, identity, & social memory in Irish working class culture.

Writer & Presenter of DeBarras Oral History Project (online text and live performance strands), funded by Arts Council Night Time Economy Fund and DeBarras.

Foundation of Front Line Press, small press collective focused on Poetry, Memoir, Historical Fiction.

Mentoring poet David Collins & Performance Writer Mary Mcdonagh, funded by Exchange House Traveller Service. 

Special Feature on my work published in Studi Irlandese.


Have led own professional development in a rapidly evolving multimedia environment for three decades. I have professional, peer-recognised skills in poetry,  fiction, memoir, essay, critique,

performance, audio production, & literary video, as well as in mentoring and editing and teaching of creative writing and multimedia creativity.

Have a multi-disciplinary and practice of the highest artistic standard which is community oriented and public facing. I strive to make my work and the work of my artistic peers available to as many as possible and in as many media as possible, and want to build a new and expanded audience for high quality contemporary work through video, audio, and performance media as well as text. As well as many awards and nominations, my work jas been peer-recognised by inclusion in anthologies and special issues by Granta, Poetry Chicago, Bloodaxe Books among others and I have been programmed as poet/fiction writer/videographer/podcaster/editor at numerous literary festivals in Ireland, UK, Canada, USA, Italy, Belgium, France and elsewhere. My work has been translated and published in Spanish, Italian, Flemish, Irish, Bulgarian, German, and Arabic.

Long track record of working successfully with numerous artistic, media, and educational institutions to deliver courses and workshops at all educational levels and with a vast range of clientele. Among hundreds of current and previous clients are Mater Dei DCU, UCD, UCC, RTE, Irish National Opera, Dublin Gospel Choir, Children’s Books Ireland, Youthreach, Big Smoke Writing Factory, Irish Writers Centre, Munster Literature Centre, JCSP Library Service, Graffiti Youth Theatre, EU International Arts, Youthreach, DCU, An Gaisce The President’s Award, Castleknock College, Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun, St Mary’s Naas Girls’ Secondary, Dublin County Council, Cork County Council, & Kildare Library Service, Listowel Writers Week, Cuirt, West Cork Literary Festival, Doolin Writers Weekend…

Long track record of successful collaborative practice across multiple genres and mediums. Collaborations include with Christy Moore, Bernard Clarke, Rob Doyle, Jessica Traynor, Elaine Feeney, Eamon Crudden, John Spillane, Justin Grounds, Fionn O hAlmhain, Eoghain O Ceannabhain, Karl Parkinson, Kevin Higgins, Augustine O Donohue, and many others.

Through editing, mentoring, staging, and publishing activities I have played a role in the development of Irish literature in the last two decades, being responsible for the early first publication of numerous now established writers of my generation. My editing of a special issue of The Stinging Fly, and of the Anthologies New Planet Cabaret and Young Irelanders was especially influential.


Poetry Pamphlets

-18- (UCC English Literature Society) 1992

Clonakilty Red Pudding 1999

Unoccupied Minds ( with Ibrahim Nasrallah & May Muzafar, published by the Irish Anti War Movement) 2003

Indiscipline (with Elaine Feeney) 2006

The Four Honesties (e-pamphlet) 2016

Anti-pope (e-pamphlet) 2019



The Boy in The Ring (Salmon) 2007

Invitation to a Sacrifice (Salmon) 2010

Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains (Salmon) 2014

Medium (Frontline) 2021

Back To Normal, with Karl Parkinson (Frontline) 2022

(Short Fiction)

First Book of Frags 2013

Little Museums of Dublin (Forthcoming)


The Word In Flames – essays on Literature & Revolution (e-book) 2016


The Last Summer – Forthcoming


Surviving the Recession (produced by Aidan Daly) 2010


The Dead Friends ( podcast memoir published by Dublin Inquirer) 2018

Snowflakes (soundscaped poetry) 2019

The Only Real Irish Poet in Dublin ( fiction, soundscaped by Derek Flynn) 2020

Becoming Polis (fiction) 2019

Discover Ireland (Live) 2018

Into The Twilight (Soundscaped Selection of Yeats)

Ravelations (with Aden China)

Poetry Video and Short Film

Because I’m Human 2015

Anti-Fracking Anthem (with Eoghain Ō Ceannabhain) 2020

My Mother Speaks to Me of Suicide 2014

Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains 2014

Sarah’s Badges 2016

After I Saw (with Fionn Ó Halmhain) 2018

Lament For Graham Parkinson (with Karl Parkinson & Conor Murphy) 2017

The Fcuking Titanic (with Eamonn Crudden) 2012

Shuttleknit – The Story So Far – 2022


Jo Bangles (starring Mary Mcevoy) 2010

Droppin The Act (with Karl Parkinson) 2014

Murder Manor (online audiodrama with Graffiti Youth Theatre, as multimedia editor.)

Sound Art

Memwar (with Bernard Clarke of Lyric FM) 2012


Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains (with Christy Moore) 2016

Tribute to Joe Strummer (with Radical Picnic) 2010

Video Courses 

Creative Writing Now 2015

Creative Writing Now for Youth 2016

Teaching Creative Writing 2018

Exploring Poetry 2020

As editor

Stinging Fly special Issue  on New Irish Irish Writing, 2012

New Planet Cabaret (first anthology of Irish spoken word movement) published by RTE/New Island 2013

Young Irelanders (New Wave Irish Short Fiction) Published by New Island 2014

As Producer

RTE Poetry Programme 1916 Centenary Special


Dr. Philip Coleman, School of English, Trinity College, University of Dublin,

Tel: + 353 1 896 1907


Dr. Michael Hinds,

Irish Centre For Poetry Studies DCU

Dr Sinead Kennedy, Maynooth University

01) 708 3396