John Maher was born in Dublin in 1954.
His stories are collected as The Coast of Malabar (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1998).
His novels as John Maher are The Luckpenny (Dingle, Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications, 2007); and Rondo: The memoirs of Dr Josef Divonne, Late of 2me Lyon, Lower Europe (Roscrea, The Pilgrim Press, 2011).
As Jack Barry he has published Miss Katie Regrets – a Dublin Murder Mystery (Brandon / Mount Eagle Publication, 2006.
A former teacher and lecturer in Near Eastern Languages at University College Dublin, his doctoral thesis, Slouching Towards Jerusalem: Reactive Nationalism in the Irish, Israeli and Palestinian Novel, 1985-2005 has been published by Irish Academic Press (2011). While researching his thesis, he lived for four months in the Druze Arab village of al-Buqea/Pekiin, in the Western Galilee, Israel.
His stories have been broadcast on RTÉ and the BBC.
He is winner of the Francis McManus short story award (R.T.E) and the P.J. O’Connor Radio Play award (R.T.E). He was awarded the Marianne Pallotti fellowship to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, California, and the Arts Council of Ireland’s largest single literary award, the Lar Cassidy Award.
He lives in Co Laois.