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.
He enjoys performing widely on the London poetry scene, featured at Latitude Festival in 2009 and at the Southbank Centre in 2011. 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.”
Salena Godden NEW CAMDEN JOURNAL
“There’s a forgotten sector of society here that Duggan speaks directly to……As plain speaking and direct as
poetry gets” VERBAL MAGAZINE