Dave Lordan, contact details, links and endorsements

Dave Lordan is an Irish Successor to such American Writers as Kenneth Rexroth, William S Burroughs, and Charles Bukowski

Alex Runchman

Dave delivered the ‘Got Something to Say’  series of spoken word workshops for Dublin City Public Libraries. Working with teens from the Coolock and Darndale area Dave made poetry relevant to their lives, encouraged their self expression and helped build their confidence and self esteem. The resulting work was heartfelt and resonant and was performed confidently to an audience of adults and peers who were very impressed. We’d love to have Dave back again for a similar project. 

Mags Curley, Dublin City Libraries

0870921117 dlordan@hotmail.com

My name is Dave Lordan. I am a 36 year old writer, performer, teacher, workshop leader and radio and print reviewer. I am the current holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award

I can help with any writing project.  Perhaps I can help you if you are…

a festival organiser looking to book a performance poet guaranteed to be a highlight and major talking point of your programme?

…a teacher looking for someone to give a fun and educational creative writing or performance workshop that kids will both learn from and thank you for?

…a print or broadcast editor looking for someone to write an original and thought provoking review or article on any literary, cultural or political topic? I review for RTE Radio 1’s Arena show, for The Stinging Fly and Southword Literary Magazines.

…writing a book? Do you need help organising and motivating yourself and getting your ideas down?

…looking for help writing a poem or a speech for a special occasion?

…a band going on tour or an artist opening an exhibition who needs help writing press releases, web content or other PR material?

Please contact me at

Dave Lordan 0870921117 or dlordan@hotmail.com

MORE ABOUT ME

Though I write plays, stories and reviews too, I’m best known as a poet, with my two books The Boy and The Ring in 2007 and Invitation to a Sacrifice in 2010 both published by Salmon Poetry in the West of Ireland. ’The Boy…’ was lucky enough to win two big awards for first collections, the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Strong Award. Invitation was also well recieved: RTE radio said it was an amazing book by one of the best poets I have read and the Irish Times called it as brilliant on the page as it must surely be in performance. On the strength of these two collections I have just been awarded the prestigious Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award. If you would like to read a longer essay about my work here’s one by critic and publisher Kit Fryatt over at the Irish Left Review. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some samples of my work.

I’m one of those poets who like to perform their poetry and I’ve been invited to do that at many venues and festivals all over Ireland, from Flatlakes to the Electric Picnic to Dun Laoghaoire Poetry Now. I have also read by invitation in England, Italy, Serbia, Canada and the USA.

This year The Munster Express said that I was one of the highlights of the Tall Ships Festival. Heré is a couple of other things event organisers have said:

Dave Lordan rocked the tent at Flatlakes

Stephen KennedyNighthawks Cabaret

Dave Lordan is a ferocious performer who thrilled the WERK crowd at the Abbey with his dark and lyrical rhythms, provocative subject matter and sharp delivery.

Jenny Jennings, WERK at the Abbey

I also love teaching writing and performance skills and have been doing so for many years. I teach beginners and intermediate creative writing for adults for Co Wicklow VEC and in the Hotspot Cafe in Greystones.

I also work one-on one with adults to help them complete and edit their book projects. If you like, I can read your manuscript and provide an appraisal.

I tell original stories to younger kids and give fun, themed creative writing workshops to primary school children. The Greystones Educate Together Parents Asscoiation said I had mesmerised the kids with my great stories at their Teddy Bear-s Picnic event.

I work with teenagers alongside my good friend the poet and raconteur Stephen Murray with the Youthspeaks Programme, which has been one of the most successful workshop programmes ever in Irish secondary schools. Here is what some teachers have had to say about us:

The most unlikely students showed off their poems proudly. I would recommend the workshops to all.

Imelda Mcdonogh. St Mary’s Secondary School Arklow

Dave Lordan and Stephen Murray re-energised language in this school like no-one else before.
Deirdre Cox Sligo Grammar School

A very exciting and unforgettable experience for our students. The highlight of our transition year programme.
Elaine Feeney. St Patrick’s Tuam

I am available for youth club projects and recently completed one at the Sphere youth club in Darndale, in partnership with Poetry Ireland and Coolock Library. Here’s what Mags Curley of Dublin City Libraries had to say about that:

Dave delivered the ‘Got Something to Say’  series of spoken word workshops for Dublin City Public Libraries. Working with teens from the Coolock and Darndale area Dave made poetry relevant to their lives, encouraged their self expression and helped build their confidence and self esteem. The resulting work was heartfelt and resonant and was performed confidently to an audience of adults and peers who were very impressed. We’d love to have Dave back again for a similar project. 

I’m a member of Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools scheme.

Feel free to email or call me on any creative writing related issue.

Dave Lordan

SAMPLE POEM

EXPLANATIONS OF WAR

See all those bright lights whizzing around in the sky-
they are only the stars throwing a party,
and the shaking you feel beneath you,
the shaking that jars your teeth and your bones-
that is only the way the earth dances,
and the bangs and roars, the whines and blasts and booms-
these are only little spirits tuning up their instruments,
and the horrible wailing that rises and falls, rises and falls above the buildings
is only the rooftops shrieking their envy that they cannot fly off,
and the high fires that climb above the rooftops
are the rejoicing souls of our city flying to heaven.
and the black clouds of smoke blotting out the beautiful woman of the moon-
these are our dark acts evaporating,
and you my child, lying still in my arms,
lying stiff as a mould of ancient clay,
you my child- you are only sleeping.
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About dave ordan

Dave Lordan is a multi-award winning writer, and an experienced teacher and workshop leader offering a range of tailored workshops at adult, secondary and primary school levels. In 2010 the Irish Times called his poetry ‘as brilliant on the page as it is in performance’. He is a past winner of both the Patrick Kavanagh and Rupert and Eithne Strong Awards for poetry. He writes regularly on literary topics for Ireland’s leading literary magazine The Stinging Fly and he reviews poetry and fiction for RTE Radio 1’s Arena arts show, who also regularly broadcast Dave’s poetry. He is an acclaimed performer of his own work and is regularly invited to perform at venues and festivals throughout Ireland and abroad.
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