To those of you outside these shores, Pat is something of a legend here. Once a children's television presenter, he was quietly dropped by RTE in the 80s and now writes and publishes poetry, selling it himself in Dublin City Centre.
He is not afraid to write about his mental health problems and he is a big cat-lover (as opposed to a big-cat lover) though I wouldn't suggest the two facts are connected. His poems are very quirky - they often take a normal ordinary situation and then he runs with it into surreality.
I admired him so much that I sent a copy of A Flash of Orange to him when it first came out and he wrote back with a long, scrawly handwritten two page letter (sometimes writing down the side!) telling me how delighted he was with both the book and the mention of himself in the dedication. It's a letter I will always treasure.