Pat Jourdan


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. She has held 15 solo exhibitions and has been in over 30 group exhibitions in Liverpool, London, Norwich, Dublin and Galway. In 2000 an exhibition of linked poetry and paintings, The Life Class, was held at the Davis Gallery, Capel St. Dublin.
There is also a sometimes-blog at patjourdan.wordpress.com

New books:​

Maryland Street, 2015 a memoir which shows a small neighbourhood which is demolished by Liverpool Corporation at the end of the 1950s. We see the crisis as one family disintegrates and their daughter leaves. Their Catholic faith is challenged on all sides as the 1960s arrive with too many changes at once.

Citizeness, a new 2015 edition, poetry that has politics as its theme, from five-yearly elections to the flights of rendition planes over gentrified streets.

The Fog Index, 2014, a collection of short stories, launched at the Conference for the Study of the Short Story in Vienna, 2014. A tenant gets involved with events in the car park below and an hotel disappears. people try to make sense of strange events but cannot control them, as a academic becomes linked with a G20 protest and a writer draws his friends into a trial at the Old Bailey.

  • 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 apartment. 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.
  • A Small Inheritance, 2012. Based on the galloping prosperity that hit Ireland at the beginning of the Celtic Tiger, the 'small inheritance' parallels what was happening to the country. Awash with money, its beliefs and customs are discarded and it is the semi-criminal, Josh, who regrets the changes and the loss of his homeland's soul. he ducks and dives -and often loses. meanwhile, two strangers, Kitty and Simon have to share an inherited house and land, which involves problems and misunderstandings, with Josh in the centre.

  • Finding Out, 2008 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. I am happy to have a second-hand copy from Raheny Library, as some of the scenes are set in Dublin.
  • Rainy Pavements is a collection of short stories published in 2007&2013. Fireworks cause a social mishap, a Christmas afternoon burglary, an Easter-egg factory goes on strike, a beautiful April evening turns murderous, a couple teeter on separation - surfaces are broken and routine disappears.
  • 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 author.
  • The Bedsit , a new edition from Motet Press 2002, illustrated endpapers. this is an updated version of the original, with new poems.
  • The Bedsit Girl, 1968, a collection of poems founded on 1960s life, hand printed by Magpie Press, with line drawings; now a collectors' item.