Pat Jourdan

At Liverpool College of Art, Pat Jourdan studied painting, in the same class as John Lennon and Cynthia Powell.  Later she was described by Ian McEwan as “ a little-known but gifted poet, a woman of the Liverpool school,” (page 137 of his novel ‘Saturday.’)

An early poem ‘Launderette’ was included in Best Poems of 1968, the Borestone Mountain Poetry awards,1969. A collection, ‘Bedsit Girl’ was published by Magpie Press in 1968, followed by poetry readings with Adrian Henri, Pete Brown and Adrian Mitchell and others in London.

Broadcasts on Radio Norfolk, Poetry Please, Radio Eireann and Radio Suffolk. Published in Outposts, Aquarius, The Burning Bush, Iota, The Shop, The Journal, Orbis, Crannog, erbacce, Poetry Ireland, Stinging Fly, and elsewhere, plus several anthologies, including Roger McGough’s ‘Strictly Private.’ Editor of the former Lantern Review poetry magazine.

Voted best female poet, Purple Patch survey, 2004

Winner of the Molly Keane Short Story Award, Ireland, second in the Michael McLaverty Award, Belfast. Winner of the Veterans’ Awareness Prize, 2007 Norwich, and the Cootehill Poetry prize; second in Poetry Pulse and Second Light.

Five novels, latest:  One Hundred Views of NW3

Four short story collections: latest:  Hotel Curtains

Five poetry collections: latest:  Citizeness. All on Amazon or Abe Books. Still painting, with several solo and group exhibitions, and examples on website of

Another City Morning

The tree is gone –
no seasons now,
except at one remove, perhaps
the slant of light from another street,
a bird’s call from a gutter’s end.
The smell of nothing.
Sunlight on brickwork or plaster,
chained into yearly decay or redecoration.
Only leaves renew silently,
always merely one year old.
I walk out into the street
and see an entire tree cut up,
butchered and loaded onto a trailer
behind a gleaming silver car.
The deaf and dumb man comes out of his shop
and we are both helpless.
And at the council meeting,
on another local matter,
the city manager declares
“The fish can go elsewhere.”






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