Robert Greacen was born in Derry in 1920.
His poetry includes The Bird (1941); Northern Harvest, (Belfast, Derrick MacCord, 1944); One Recent Evening (1944); The Undying Day (London, The Falcon Press, 1948); A Garland for Captain Fox (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1975); I, Brother Stephen (Dublin, St. Beuno’s Hand-Printed Limited Editions, 1978, illustrated Barbara Deane); Young Mr Gibbon (1979); A Bright Mask (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1985); Protestant Without a Horse (Belfast, The Lagan Press, 1997); Carnival at The River (Dublin; Dedalus;, 1990); Collected Poems (Lagan Press, 1995); Lunch at the Ivy (Lagan Press, 2002); and Selected & New Poems (edited by Jack W. Weaver, Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Publishing, 2006).
His Robert Greacen: Collected Poems 1944-1944, won the Irish Times Award for Literature in 1995. His autobiography, Even Without Irene, was originally published by the Dolmen Press in 1969 and was re-issued as a companion volume to his Collected Poems in 1995 by the Lagan Press. His expanded autobiography is The Sash My Father Wore (Edinburgh, Mainstream Publishing, 1997).
A member of Aosdána, he died in Dublin in April 2008.
Obituary at Culture Northern Ireland