Eileen Battersby

Battersby, Eileen

Eileen Battersby was born in California. Her debut novel is Teethmarks on My Tongue (Victoria [Texas]/London/Dublin, The Dalkey Archive Press, 2016). An Irish Times staff […]

O’Donnell, Paraic

Paraic O’Donnell is a writer and of fiction, poetry and criticism. His first novel is The Maker of Swans (London, W&N, 2015). He lives in […]

Doyle, Rob

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin. His novel is Here Are the Young Men (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2014/London, Bloomsbury, 2014). His collection of short […]

David Lloyd

Lloyd, David

David Lloyd was born in Dublin in 1955. His collections are Taropatch (Oakland, Jimmy’s House of Knowledge, 1985); Coupures (Dublin, hardPressed Poetry, 1987); Change of […]

Seán Dunne

Dunne, Seán

Seán Dunne was born in Waterford in 1956. His poetry is collected as Against the Storm (Mountrath, Dolmen Press in 1985); The Sheltered Nest (Oldcastle, […]

Tom Paulin

Paulin, Tom

Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast. His poetry collections include A State Of Justice (London, Faber & Faber, […]

Seán Haldane

Haldane, Seán

Seán Haldane was born in Sussex, England, of an Irish-Scots father and an English-German mother, in 1943. He grew up in Belfast. After university at […]

Chris Agee

Agee, Chris

Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University and since […]

Samuel Beckett

Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin in 1906. His fiction includes More Pricks Than Kicks (London, Chatto and Windus, 1934); Murphy (London, G. […]

John Broderick

Broderick, John

John Broderick was born in Athlone in 1924. His novels include The Pilgrimage (London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1961), published in the U.S. as The Chameleons […]

Hubert Butler

Butler, Hubert

Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny in 1900. He is recognized as the most distinctive Irish essayists, writing in the highest traditions of Swift and […]

Catherine Byron

Byron, Catherine

Catherine Byron was born in London of an English father and Irish mother in 1947 but grew up in Belfast from 1948. The Fat-Hen Field […]

Roz Cowman

Cowman, Roz

Roz Cowman was born in Cork in 1942. Her collection is The Goose Herd (Salmon Poetry, The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, 1989). Her non-fiction […]

Louis de Paor

de Paor, Louis

Louis de Paor was born in Cork in 1961, and lived in Australia from 1987 to 1996, where he published a number of bi-lingual titles. […]

Gerald Dawe

Dawe, Gerald

Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast in 1952. His poetry collections are Sheltering Places (1978); The Lundys Letter (The Gallery Press, 1985), for which he […]

Seamus Deane

Deane, Seamus

Seamus Deane was born in Derry in 1940. His poetry collections include Gradual Wars (Shannon, Irish University Press, 1972); Rumours (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1977); […]

Thomas Flanagan The Year of the French

Flanagan, Thomas

Thomas Flanagan was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, in 1923. All four of his grandparents came from Ireland. A high school friend of Truman Capote, […]

Leontia Flynn

Flynn, Leontia

Leontia Flynn was born in Belfast in 1974. She was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her collections are These Days (London, Jonathan Cape, […]

Maurice Harmon

Harmon, Maurice

Maurice Harmon was born in 1930 in Co Dublin. Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin, he is a distinguished critic, biographer, editor, […]

Fred Johnston

Johnston, Fred

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast in 1951. His collections are Measuring Angles (Connamara, Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 1993); True North (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon […]

John Jordan

Jordan, John

John Jordan was born in Dublin in 1930. His poetry collections are Patrician Stations (Dublin, New Writers Press, 1971); A Raft from Flotsam (Dublin, The […]

James Lawless

Lawless, James

James Lawless was born in Dublin. His novels are Peeling Oranges (Mullingar, Killynon House Books, 2007); For Love of Anna (New Generation, 2009); The Avenue […]

Hugh Leonard

Leonard, Hugh

Hugh Leonard (pseudonym of John Keyes Byrne) was born in 1926 and raised in Dalkey, County Dublin. His output is vast and complex, encompassing theatre, […]

Unfinished Sequence

Lucy, Seán

Seán Lucy was born in India(?) in 1931. His first selection of poems was published in Five Irish Poets (Cork, Mercier Press, 1970). His solo […]

Thomas MacGreevy

MacGreevy, Thomas

Thomas MacGreevy was born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, in 1893. His poetry collections include Poems (London, Heinemann, 1934 [ reprinted New York, The Viking Press, […]

Louis MacNeice

MacNeice, Louis

(Frederick) Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907, brought up in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim and educated in England. He studied Classics and Philosophy at […]

Liam Mac Uistin

Mac Uistin, Liam

Liam Mac Uistin was born in Dublin in 1938. His published work includes the novels Esperanza and Dordd (Báile Átha Cliath, Clóchomhar, 1994), for which […]

Kathleen McCracken

McCracken, Kathleen

Kathleen McCracken was born in Dundalk, Ontario, in 1960. Her collections include Blue Light, Bay and College (Newcastle, Ontario, Penumbra Press, 1991), which was shortlisted […]

Peter McDonald

McDonald, Peter

Peter McDonald was born in Belfast in 1962. His collections are Biting the Wax (Newcastle upon Tyne [now Tarset, Northumberland]Bloodaxe Books, 1989); Adam’s Dream (Bloodaxe, […]

Afric McGlinchey

McGlinchey, Afric

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 […]

Tom Mathews

Mathews, Tom

Tom Mathews was born in Dublin in 1952. His poetry collections are The Owl and the Pussycat (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2009); and No Return Game […]

Hugh Maxton

Maxton, Hugh (McCormack, W.J.)

Hugh Maxton (pseudonym of W.J. McCormack) was born near Aughrim in Co Wicklow in 1947. He lived intermittently in Hungary over a period of ten […]

Murphy, Michael

Michael Murphy was born in Liverpool in 1965. His poetry collections are After Attila (Nottingham, Shoestring Press, 1998), Elsewhere (Shoestring Press, 2003), and Allotments (Shoestring […]

Murphy, Paul

Paul Murphy was born in Belfast in 1965. He has published one collection, In the Luxembourg Gardens (Salzburg, Poetry Salzburg, 1992), and T.S. Eliot’s Postmodernist […]

Caitriona Ní Chlerichín

Ní Chléirchín, Caitríona

Caitríona Ní Chléirchín is from Emyvale in Co Monaghan. Her first collection is Crithloinnir (Baile Átha Cliath, Coscéim, 2010), which won first prize in the […]

Frank O'Connor

O’Connor, Frank

Frank O’Connor (pen name of Michael O’Donovan) was born in Cork City on September 17, 1903. There is a poignant description of his childhood in […]

Brian O'Doherty

O’Doherty, Brian

Brian O’Doherty was born in Roscommon in 1934. His novels are The Strange Case of Mademoiselle P. (New York, Pantheon, 1992); and The Deposition of […]

Mary O'Donnell

O’Donnell, Mary

Mary O’Donnell was born in Co Monaghan. Her poetry collections are Reading the Sunflowers in September (The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon, 1991); Spiderwoman’s […]

O’Donoghue, Bernard

Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Co Cork in 1945. His poetry is collected as The Weakness (London, Chatto & Windus, 1992); Gunpowder (Chatto & Windus, […]

Dennis O'Driscoll

O’Driscoll, Dennis

Dennis O’Driscoll was born in Thurles, Co Tipperary, in 1954. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, he was one of Ireland’s most widely published […]

Catriona O'Reilly

O’Reilly, Caitríona

Caitríona O’Reilly was born in Wicklow. Her collections are The Nowhere Birds (Tarset, UK, Bloodaxe Books, 2001), which was was shortlisted for the Forward Prize […]

Fintan O'Toole

O’Toole, Fintan

Fintan O’Toole was born in Dublin in 1958. His books include The Politics of Magic: The Work and Times of Tom Murphy (Dublin, Raven Arts […]

Peter Sirr

Sirr, Peter

Peter Sirr was born in Waterford in 1960. In 1982 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and in 1983 the poetry prize at Listowel Writers’ […]

Eamonn Wall

Wall, Eamonn

Eamonn Wall was born in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in 1955. He has published two chapbooks, The Tame Goose (New York, The Hale Press, 1990); and […]