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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 recorded with ambient-loop geniuses “The Fireflies” and with “Woodleigh Research Facility” for legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh label. Recently he has also collaborated with DJ Collective

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 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 hosted 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.

His second full collection “Rescue Contraptions” was published by tall lighthouse in June 2022.


” For someone who makes such a virtue out of plain-speaking honesty, there’s also a discreet flamboyance at play in Joe Duggan’s work. … giving each word its exact weight and importance and something beyond that. … he can find himself ‘time-jumping ceasefires’ in different countries, imagine a fresh Oscar Wilde bon-mot or keep Youssop Matada suspended and on repeat, high in our minds over East Sheen in a feat of heart-stopping reportage. Yes, honest and real, but superbly and artfully executed, too. Take a long drink.”


“Whether talking about family, country, teaching, or mortality, Joe shares with us the weight of his experiences. His nimble lyricism and style allow us to pick up and hold these moments so that we may appreciate the world’s gravity, rather than be subdued by it.”


“A big gut punch… moving and engaging and funny and brilliant. I don’t read much poetry but then I read some, like yours, which is so powerful and effecting and I wonder why I don’t read more. It’s like you’ve ripped your heart into bits and stapled it all over the page.”



“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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