Keith Baker

Baker, Keith

Keith Baker is the author of contemporary thrillers, including Inheritance (London, Headline, 1996); Reckoning (Headline, 1998); Engram (Headline, 1999) and Lunenburg (Headline, 2000). Inheritance won […]

Ivy Bannister

Bannister, Ivy

Ivy Bannister was born in New York City in 1951. Her short story collection is Magician (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1996). Many other stories have been […]

John Banville

Banville, John

John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945. His novels are Long Lankin ([nine short stories and the novella, The Possessed], London, Secker & Warburg, […]

Sad Song Vincent Banville

Banville, Vincent

Vincent Banville was born in Wexford in 1940. His novels include An End to Flight (London, Faber and Faber, 1973, originally published under the pen […]

Leland Bardwell

Bardwell, Leland

Leland Bardwell was born in India of Irish parents in 1922 and was brought to Ireland at the age of two. Her collections of poetry […]

Anne Barrett

Barrett, Anne

Anne Barrett was born in Co Clare. Her first film, Spring Cleaning (Channel 4/RTÉ, 1986), received two international film awards, including Special Juror’s Award at […]

Colin Barrett

Barrett, Colin

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. His first collection is Young Skins (Dublin, The Stinging Fly, 2013). He was […]

Catherine Barry

Barry, Catherine

Catherine Barry was born in 1963 in Dublin. Her novels are The House That Jack Built (London, Simon & Schuster, 2001); Null & Void (Simon […]

Kevin Barry

Barry, Kevin

Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969. His story collections are There Are Little Kingdoms (Dublin, Stinging Fly Press, 2007), which featured as a […]

Sebastian Barry

Barry, Sebastian

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays are The Pentagonal Dream (Damer Theatre 1986); Boss Grady’s Boys (Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, Dublin […]

Colin Bateman

Bateman, Colin

Colin Bateman was born in Co Down in 1962. He has written fifteen novels, amongst them being Divorcing Jack (London, Arcade Publishing, 1995); Cycle of […]

Eileen Battersby

Battersby, Eileen

Eileen Battersby was born in California. Her debut novel is Teethmarks on My Tongue (Victoria [Texas]/London/Dublin, The Dalkey Archive Press, 2016). An Irish Times staff […]

Mary Beckett

Beckett, Mary

Mary Beckett was born in Belfast in 1926. She began writing in her twenties, first for the BBC, and then for literary magazines. Her stories […]

Samuel Beckett

Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin in 1906. His fiction includes More Pricks Than Kicks (London, Chatto and Windus, 1934); Murphy (London, G. […]

Brendan Behan

Behan, Brendan

Brendan Behan (known in Irish as Breandán Ó Beacháin) was born in Dublin in 1923. He served in Borstal (juvenile prison) for his activities in […]

Gerard Beirne

Beirne, Gerard

Gerard Beirne was born in 1962. His novels are The Eskimo in the Net (London, Marion Boyars, 2003); and Turtle (Ottawa, Oberon Press, 2009). His […]

Amanda Bell, by Patrick Redmond

Bell, Amanda

Amanda Bell was born in Dublin in 1968. Her collections are Undercurrents (Uxbridge, UK, Alba Publishing, 2016), which is a psychogeography of Irish rivers in […]

Ronan Bennet

Bennett, Ronan

Ronan Bennett was born in Belfast in 1956. His novels are The Second Prison (London, Hamish Hamilton 1991); Overthrown by Strangers (Hamish Hamilton, 1992); The […]

Sara Berkeley

Berkeley, Sara

Sara Berkeley was born in Dublin in 1967. Her collections are Penn (Dublin, Raven Arts Press/Canada, Thistledown Press, 1986); Home Movie Nights (Raven Arts Press/Thistledown […]

Ciaran Berry

Berry, Ciaran

Ciaran Berry was born in Dublin in 1971 and grew up in Carna, County Galway and Falcarragh, County Donegal. His collections are The Sphere Birds […]

Sujata Bhatt

Bhatt, Sujata

Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India in 1956, and spent her early years in Pune. She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the […]

Chris Binchy

Binchy, Chris

Chris Binchy was born in Scotland in 1970. His novels are The Very Man (London, MacMillan, 2003); People Like Us (MacMillan, 2004); Open Handed (London, […]

Binchy, Dan

Dan Binchy was born in County Limerick in 1940. His novels are The Neon Madonna (London, Century, 1991); The Last Resort (Century, 1992); Fireballs (London, […]

Maeve Binchy

Binchy, Maeve

Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin in 1940. Her story collections are Central Line (Dublin, Ward River Press, 1977/London, Quartet, 1978); Victoria Line (Ward River […]

Eavan Boland

Boland, Eavan

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. Her collections of poetry include 23 Poems (Dublin, Gallagher, 1962); The War Horse (London, Gollancz,1975); In Her […]

Rosita Boland

Boland, Rosita

Rosita Boland was born in Co Clare in 1965. Her poetry collections are Muscle Creek (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1991); and Dissecting the Heart (Oldcastle, […]

Dermot Bolger

Bolger, Dermot

Dermot Bolger was born in Finglas, North Dublin, in 1959. He founded Raven Arts Press, Dublin, where he was editor from 1979 to 1992. His […]

Pat Boran

Boran, Pat

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise in 1963. His poetry collections are The Unwound Clock (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh […]

Angela Bourke

Bourke, Angela

Angela Bourke’s short story collection is By Salt Water, (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996). Her other books include Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (Baile Átha Cliath, […]

Eva Bourke

Bourke, Eva

Eva Bourke was born in Germany but has lived in Ireland for many years. Her poetry collections are Gonella (Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1985, with drawings […]

Elizabeth Bowen

Bowen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bowen was born Elizabeth Dorothea Cole in Dublin in 1899, taking her literary name from the family home Bowen’s Court, in County Cork. Her […]

Niamh Boyce

Boyce, Niamh

Niamh Boyce is from Athy, Co Kildare. Her debut novel is The Herbalist (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2013). She was awarded the Hennessy XO New Irish […]

Clare Boylan

Boylan, Clare

Clare Boylan was born in Dublin in 1948. She published four novels: Holy Pictures (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1993/ New York, Simon and Schuster 1983); Last […]

John Boyne

Boyne, John

John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971. His first short story was published by the Sunday Tribune and shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. […]

Mary Branley at the Keash Caves, Sligo

Branley, Mary

Mary Branly was born in Sligo in 1962. Her collections are A Foot in the Tide (Kilcar, Co Donegal, the Summer Palace Press, 2002); and […]

Colm Breathnach

Breathnach, Colm

Colm Breathnach was born in Cork in 1961. His collections are Cantaic an Bhalbháin (1991), which won the Duais Bhardas Chorcaí at the 1991 Oireachtas; […]

Pádraic Breathnach

Breathnach, Pádraic

Pádraic Breathnach was Born in Moycullen, Co. Galway, in 1942. His stories are collected as Bean Aonair (Clódhanna Teo., 1974); Buicéad Poitín (Clódhanna Teo., 1978); […]

Maggie Breen

Breen, Maggie

Maggie Breen was born in 1979 in Wexford. Her debut collection is Other Things I Didn’t Tell (Enniscorthy, Scalta Media, 2013). She was guest editor […]

Deirdre Brennan

Brennan, Deirdre

Deirdre Brennan was born in Dublin in 1934 and brought up in Tipperary. Her collections are Reilig na mBan Rialta (Baile Átha Cliath, Coscéim, 1974); […]


Brennan, James

James (Jimmy) Brennan was born in Dublin in 1944. He was a member of the Stanislavski Studio at Focus Theatre from 1967-1969. His novel is […]

Joe Brennan

Brennan, Joe

Joe Brennan was born in Wexford in 1968. His play The Witchin’ Well was produced by An Grianán Productions (Letterkenny, Co Donegal) in 2005 and […]

Maeve Brennan

Brennan, Maeve

Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Her father was Irish Ambassador to the United States and he brought his family there, including Maeve, […]

Rory Brennan

Brennan, Rory

Rory Brennan was born in Westport, Co Mayo in 1945. His collections are The Sea on Fire (Dublin, Dolmen, 1978); The Walking Wounded (Dublin, The […]

Heather Brett

Brett, Heather

Heather Brett was born in Canada, and was raised in Co Antrim. Her collections are Abigail Brown (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); The Touch-Maker (Monaghan, The […]

John Broderick

Broderick, John

John Broderick was born in Athlone in 1924. His novels include The Pilgrimage (London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1961), published in the U.S. as The Chameleons […]

Sonja Broderick

Broderick, Sonja

Sonja Broderick was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, in 1971. Her poems are collected as The Things You Left Me With (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 2004). […]

Christine Broe

Broe, Christine

Christine Broe was born in Dublin in 1948. Her first collection is Solas Sólás (Dublin, Swan Press, 2003). Her poetry has received many awards, including […]

Catherine Brophy

Brophy, Catherine

Catherine Brophy was born in Dublin. Her novels are The Liberation of Margaret McCabe (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1985);Dark Paradise (Wolfhound, 1992); and Burning Bright (Bray, […]

Christy Brown

Brown, Christy

Christy Brown was born in Crumlin, Dublin, in 1932. One of thirteen surviving children, he suffered from cerebral palsy and was considered mentally disabled until […]

Brown, Stephen

Stephen Brown was born in Derry in 1972. His novels are Under the Devil Tree (Derry, Stephen Brown, 2004); The Green Book (Bucks., UK, White […]

Corinne Browne

Browne, Corinne

Corinne de Laittre Browne, who writes under the name Corinne Browne, was born in 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her non-fiction includes Body Shop, Recovering from […]

Colette Bryce

Bryce, Colette

Colette Bryce was born in Derry in 1970. Her collections are The Heel of Bernadette (London, Picador, 2000); The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004), […]

Helen burke

Burke, Helen

Helen Burke was born in Doncaster to Irish parents in 1953. A number of chapbooks, including Book of Beyond, Island of Dreams, Zuzus Petals, And […]

Lisa Burkitt

Burkitt, Lisa

Lisa Burkitt was born in the USA to Irish parents, and grew up in Donegal. Her debut novel is The Memory of Scent (Dublin/Gloucestershire, UK, […]

Sam Burnside

Burnside, Sam

Sam Burnside was born in Co Antrim. His long poem, Cathedral (Freehold Press, 1989), won The Sunday Tribune/Hennessey Award of that year. This was followed […]

Paddy Bushe

Bushe, Paddy

Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948. His poetry collections include Poems With Amergin (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1989); Teanga (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, […]

Hubert Butler

Butler, Hubert

Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny in 1900. He is recognized as the most distinctive Irish essayists, writing in the highest traditions of Swift and […]

Mairead Byrne

Byrne, Mairéad

Mairéad Byrne was born in Dublin in 1957. Her poetry collections include Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson […]

Patricia Byrne

Byrne, Patricia

Patricia Byrne was born in Mayo. Her narrative nonfiction is The Veiled Woman of Achill (Cork, The Collins Press, 2012). Her debut collection of poetry […]

Trevor Byrne

Byrne, Trevor

Trevor Byrne was born in Dublin in 1981. His debut novel is Ghosts and Lightning (Edinburgh, Canongate/New York, Doubleday 2009). He is currently a tutor […]

Catherine Byron

Byron, Catherine

Catherine Byron was born in London of an English father and Irish mother in 1947 but grew up in Belfast from 1948. The Fat-Hen Field […]