Philip MacCann was born in England.
His short stories were widely praised when they appeared in the New Yorker, Granta Shorts, New Writing (British Council) and other periodicals. His collection of stories, The Miracle Shed, was published by Faber and Faber in 1995. He won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature that year and the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing about Finland in 1999. He was a writer of literary features for London newspapers in the 1990s, and was selected by the Observer Magazine as one of ten world writers for the new millennium, but stopped writing in 2000.