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Pat Jourdan grew up in Liverpool and has lived in Ireland for several years. Trained as a
painter at Liverpool College of Art, she has had several exhibitions in both countries.
Her paintings feature on the covers of her books, as well as those of Orbis,
Crannog and Microbe. In 2000 an exhibition of poetry and paintings, The Life Class,
was held at the Davis Gallery, Capel St. Dublin.
Pat's latest book, Citizeness is a collection of poems that begins with Madame Defarge
sitting knitting and continues with protest movements from there onwards. We
cover the movements of troops through Shannon Airport while an aid
worker drinks her coffee and end with a rendition plane drifting over
an exclusive London flat. As you read tomorrow's papers,if you want to
be "On the Run with the Mad Idealists," this is the collection you need to take with you.
You can buy Citizeness via the online shopping facility below.
Finding Out, is set in an Irish seaside town. A group of outsiders
think that learning the language will make a difference - and it does. They become increasingly
puzzled and suspicious of each other as political changes surround them. Local people - Matt
the Busker, Liam the entrepreneur,Mrs McLoughlin the embroidery specialist, carry on as normal.
Each of the newcomers has a secret to keep and only a year to spend before leaving. You can buy
Finding Out by clicking on the link on the right.
Rainy Pavements is a collection of short stories published in March 2008. An Easter-egg
factory goes on strike, a beautiful evening turns murderous, a couple teeter on separation
- surfaces are broken and routine disappears. You can buy Rainy Pavements by clicking on
the link on the right.
A collection of poetry, The Cast-Iron Shore is available from
www.erbacce-press.com, the Liverpool publishers.
Price £4 plus postage, ISBN 978-0-9555754-9-5.
Winner of the Veterans Awareness Prize, 2007 Norwich for the poem That Far Away Look.
Working as tutor for the Spring Online poetry course of the University of the Third Age, 2009.
Pat Jourdan won second prize in the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award 2006.
Average Sunday Afternoon, (Poetry
Monthly Press, www.poetry-monthly.co.uk,
price £5.50. ISBN 1-905126-29-8) a collection of short
stories features people who break rules and test the boundaries of habit,
faith, or even television. Humour flits through the unsettling events, from an
invasion by cows, crime in Dublin, death in a dustbin, to village legends and
the everyday visions of a mad girl.
Pat Jourdan was voted the best female poet of 2004 by Purple Patch Magazine,
with her collection Turpentine being chosen as one of the best
individual collections. She is also mentioned in Ian McEwan's Saturday as
a 'little-known but gifted poet of the Liverpool School...'.
Turpentine, a collection of poems (Motet Press 2004,
price £6.99, ISBN 0-9542399-1-1), with cover painting by the
The Bedsit , a new edition from Motet Press 2002, illustrated endpapers.