Dermot Somers was born in Roscommon, in 1947.
His short story collections are Mountains And Other Ghosts (London, Diadem Books, 1990); At The Rising of the Moon (London, Bàton Wicks/Cork, Collins Press, 1994), which won the The Boardman Tasker Prize and the Culture and Environment Award, Banff Mountain Books Festival, 1994; Rince ar na Ballaí (Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2002), which won the Oireachtas Award for Literature, 2002; and Collected Short Stories (Bàton Wicks, 2004).
His other published work includes Endurance, subtitled Heroic Journeys in Ireland (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2005), and Buaic (Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2006).
He has made three television series for TG4 and RTÉ: Cuairt na Cruinne (Best Documentary Award, Celtic Film & TV Festival, for a programme about the Eiger); An Bealach ó Dheas, and Turas Feasa. He has also made travel programmes in Siberia (2001) and in the Sahara (2002).
He lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth