Dorgan, Theo

Theo Dorgan
Theo Dorgan. Image source theodorgan.com

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953.

His poetry collections are The Ordinary House of Love (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Rosa Mundi(Salmon Poetry, 1995); Sappho’s Daughter (Dublin, wave Train Press 1998); and Greek (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 2010). The Ordinary House of Love and Rosa Mundi are also published as one volume, What This Earth Cost Us (The Dedalus Press, 2008).

He has also published a selected poems in Italian, La Case ai Margini del Mundo, (Faenza, Moby Dick, 1999), and a Spanish translation of Sappho’s Daughter La Hija de Safo, (Madrid, Poesía Hiperión, 2001).

His non-fiction includes the sailing books Sailing for Home (Penguin Ireland 2004, rep. Dedalus Press 2010); and Time on the Ocean (Dublin, New Island Books, 2010); and his novel is Making Way (New Island Books, 2013).

He has edited The Great Book of Ireland (with Gene Lambert, 1991); Revising the Rising (with Máirín Ní Dhonnachadha, 1991); Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1996); Watching the River Flow (with Noel Duffy, Dublin, Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, 1999); The Great Book of Gaelic (wiith Malcolm Maclean, Edinburgh, Canongate, 2002); and The Book of Uncommon Prayer (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2007).

He has been series Editor European Poetry Translation Network publications and Director of the collective translation seminars from which the books arose. The authors from this series include Claude Esteban & Bernard Noel (France) Joao Miguel Fernandes Jorge & Joaquim Manuel Magalhaes (Portugal) Nikos Phokas & Demosthenes Agrafiotis (Greece) Mircea CartarescuPoetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann & Romulus Bucur (Romania) Amir Or (Israel), Agi Mishol (Israel), Alex Susana (Catalonia), Marta Pessarrodona (Catalonia), Umberto Fiori (Italy), Biancamaria Frabotta (Italy), Hulki Aktunc (Turkey), Lale Muldur (Turkey).

A former Director of Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann, he has worked extensively as a broadcaster of literary programmes on both radio and television. He was presenter of Poetry Now on RTÉ Radio 1, and later presented RTÉ’s TV books programme, Imprint.

Among his awards are the Listowel Prize for Poetry, 1992, and the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry 2010.

A member of Aosdána, he was appointed to The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2003. He also served on the Board of Cork European Capital of Culture 2005.

He lives in Dublin.


Theo Dorgan’s Website

Theo Dorgan at Munster Lit

Excerpt from Sailing for Home

Theo Dorgan at The National Library of Ireland


Theo Dorgan reads the poem ‘Visitors’, from GREEK (Dedalus Press, 2010)

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