Dave Lordan is a renowned writer, teacher, editor and creativity-in education advocate and the first writer to have won all three of Ireland's national prizes for young poets.
Necessary Fiction named him “the most intransigently indefinable, and indispensable, of contemporary writers”, while the Irish Times found his work to be “as brilliant on the page as it must surely be in performance”. His most recent publications are the “preposterously original” short fiction collection First Book of Frags and the popular poetry collection Lost Tribe of the Wicklow Mountains. He is also editor of the acclaimed Young Irelanders anthology of new Irish fiction.
As well as West Cork Literary Festival, Dave recently provided workshops for RTE, the Irish Film Institute, Dublin City Libraries, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Courthouse Arts Centre, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Youthreach, Youthspeaks, Children’s Books Ireland and numerous other schools, institutions and festivals. He teaches creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre and the Big Smoke Writing Factory and he lectures on the MA in Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute and at The American College Dublin. He is the researcher for the new RTE Poetry Programme, presented by Rick O’Shea. In recent years Dave has been a front-runner in the emerging and increasingly popular genre of poetry-film and you can check out his latest, Because I'm Human, an anti-bullying poetry film, here