Fred Johnston was born in Belfast in 1951.
His collections are Measuring Angles (Connamara, Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 1993); True North (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Poetry, 1997); Being Anywhere – New & Selected Poems (Belfast, Lagan Press, 2001); The Neon Rose (Bristol, Bluechrome, 2007); and Alligator Days (Limerick, Revival Press, 2014) .
His novels are Picture of a Girl in a Spanish Hat (Tansy Books, 1979); Atalanta (Cork, Collins Press, 2000); and Mapping God/Le Tracé de Dieu (Galway, Wynkin de Worde, 2003).
He is dual winner of the Prix de l’Ambassade, for translating the work of French poet, Michel Martin. He has also translated Northern Lights, by Colette Wittorski (Belfast, Lapwing Publications, 2009).
He lives in Galway.
His poem, ‘Circular’, read by Fred Johnston at his home in Galway
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