Writers cv

Joe Duggan is a poet, writer and facilitator, originally from Northern Ireland. His first full collection “Fizzbombs” was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2008. He was highly commended in The Forward Prize 2009 and featured in the Forward Book of Poetry 2010.

He was a founder member of the “Bunch of Chancers” Poetry Group in Derry, touring throughout Ireland and New York State. His work has been published by Brand, Abridged, Fingerpost, Bear in Mind (Lagan Press), Cúirt Journal and the Shuffle Anthology. He has also written stories for children, rap lyrics for the Irish band Different Drums, two texts for Echo Echo Dance Company and recently recorded with ambient-loop geniuses “The Fireflies” for legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label.

In 2014 his poem “Library Lovers” was chosen by The National Poetry Library as part of their 60th Birthday Celebrations to be included in an exhibition of modern contemporary poets alongside Andrew Motion, Mimi Khalvati, Emily Berry, Vahni Capildeo, Heather Phillipson, Carol Rumens and others and is now hosted on the National Poetry Library website.

He enjoys performing widely on the London poetry scene, featuring at Latitude Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, the Southbank Centre, Cuirt Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival and a host of other venues and festivals.

He has run the sellout Spoken Word Express as part of the Crystal Palace Festival since 2013 and hosts a very popular Open Mic at The Paxton Centre, also in Crystal Palace.

A qualified primary school teacher, he is also an experienced creative writing facilitator, working in both school and community settings.


“Under the chatty vernacular is a lovely, casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.  There’s power and tenderness together here.” Cherry Smith Poetry Editor BRAND MAGAZINE

“I think that, despite being highly commended in the Forward Prize, poet Joe Duggan is at the moment under-rated. The poems in his book, Fizzbombs, are lyrical, haunting and witty.”
Saskia Sarginson in The IRISH TIMES

Stunning debut collection……… vibrant and memorable.”

“There’s a forgotten sector of society here that Duggan speaks directly to……As plain speaking and direct as poetry gets” VERBAL MAGAZINE

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