PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, Ireland in 1963 and currently lives in Dublin where he works as an editor and broadcaster. He has also held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third level institutions. He has published five full-length collections of poetry as well as a New and Selected volume. Those books are: The Unwound Clock (1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and The Next Life (2012). His New and Selected Poems, with an introduction by the late Dennis O'Driscoll, was published in 2005 and reissued by Dedalus in 2007.