Dermot Healy was born in Westmeath in 1947.
His short stories are collected as Banished Misfortune (London, Allison & Busby, 1984).
His novels are Fighting with Shadows (London, Allison & Busby 1984); A Goat’s Song (London, Collins Harvill, 1994); Sudden Times (London, The Harvill Press, 1999); and Long Time No See (London, Faber, 2011).
His autobiography is The Bend for Home (Harvill, 1996).
His plays include The Long Swim (1988); Curtains (1990); and On Broken Wings (1992).
His version of Lorca’s Blood Wedding was staged in 1989.
His poetry includes Neighbours’ Lights (1992); The Ballyconnel Colours (Loughcrew, The Gallery Press, 1995); What the Hammer (The Gallery Press, 1998); The Reed Bed (The Gallery Press, 2001); A Fool’s Errand (The Gallery Press, 2010), which was shortlisted for an Irish Times Award; and The Travels of Sorrow (The Gallery Press, 2015).
He starred in the film I Could Read the Sky (Artificial Eye, 2002, adapted by Nichola Bruce from the photographic novel by Timothy O’Grady and Steve Pyke).
Other work includes the text of After the Off (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1999).
He founded and has edited the literary journals The Drumlin and Force 10.
His awards include the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976); the Tom Gallon Award (1983); the Encore Award (1995); and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award, 2002.
A member of Aosdána, he died in County Sligo on June 29, 2014.
from Writing in the Sky, a documentary on Dermot Healy broadcast on RTE 1, Jan 4th 2011 aideenkane’s Youtube Channel
[part 1 of the video can be viewed here, part two here courtesy Garry Keane
Dermot Healy at Faber