Afric McGlinchey was born in Ireland.
Her debut collection is The Lucky Star of Hidden Things (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2012).
She grew up in Southern Africa, and received degrees from Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town, where she was tutored by the Nobel prize-winner, JM Coetzee. She has also lived in London, Paris, Dublin and Spain.
Among her many awards are First Prize for the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award 2011 and a Faber Academy Fellowship, 2010.
She returned to Ireland in 1999 and currently lives in West Cork.