Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1955.
He has published a children’s story, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1985), and the adult novels Music On Clinton Street (Raven, 1986); Carna (London, Aidan Ellis, 1989); The Butcher Boy (London, Picador, 1992), which was the winner of The Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize 1992, and was short listed for the 1992 Booker Prize; The Dead School (Picador, 1995); Breakfast On Pluto (Picador 1998), which was short listed for the 1998 Booker Prize; Emerald Germs of Ireland (Picador, 2000); Call Me The Breeze (London, Faber and Faber, 2003); Winterwood (London, Bloomsbury, 2006); The Holy City (Bloomsbury, 2008); and The Stray Sod Country (Bloomsbury, 2010).
A collection of stories, Mondo Desperado, was published by Picador in 1999. He has broadcast stories on RTÉ and several plays were broadcast by RTÉ and the BBC. His play Frank Pig Says Hello, based on The Butcher Boy, was first performed at The Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992, and is included in Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (London, Methuen, 1998).
The Butcher Boy was filmed by Neil Jordan in 1996, and Breakfast on Pluto was filmed in 2005, also by Neil Jordan.
He lives in Clones.
Patrick McCabe at Bloomsbury