Our second interview of the week is with writer & teacher Dave Lordan. You can check out Dave’s work in issue #1 & in issue #4 of the Burning Bush 2.
How long have you been writing? 25 years
What was your first publication? A pamphlet published by UCC English Literature Society in the Spring of 1994, edited and introduced by Philip Coleman, called -18-.
What have been the most significant developments, negative and positive if you like, in poetry in Ireland over the last 10 years or so? I don’t see any negative developments of note within the art. We have older established
What do you think needs to happen, and what would you like to see happen, in Irish poetry over the next few years? I’d like to see more good poets writing more good poems and enriching the cultural atmosphere with their art and opinions and all their positive culture-building and scene-making activities. I’m excited about the coming years. i think we have an evolving progression towards a new engagement of poetry with culture as a whole and I’m looking forward to what will i think be an unpredictable, gorgeously fragmented period in Irish poetry.
Finally, if you had to recommend one regular poetry event in Ireland to someone, what would it be? I recommend that the person reading this goes off and sets up their own literary event.
Dave Lordan is a past holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award and a previous winner of the Kavanagh and Strong Awards. His collections The Boy in the Ring (2007) and Invitation to a Sacrifice (2010) are published by Salmon Poetry. A new collection is forthcoming in 2013, also from Salmon. Wurm