Amanda Bell, by Patrick Redmond

Bell, Amanda

Amanda Bell was born in Dublin in 1968. Her collections are Undercurrents (Uxbridge, UK, Alba Publishing, 2016), which is a psychogeography of Irish rivers in […]

Mícheál Ó hAodha

Ó hAodha, Mícheál

Mícheál Ó hAodha was born in 1969. His poems are collected in the dual-language Survivor/Dúchas Dóchasach: Representations of the New Irish ([with paintings by Jean […]

Monk Gibbon

Gibbon, Monk

Monk Gibbon was born in Dublin in 1896. He studied in Oxford from 1915 but the following year year joined the British Army and served […]

Noel Duffy

Duffy, Noel

Noel Duffy was born in Dublin in 1971. His poetry is collected as The Silence After (South Tipperary Arts Centre & Start Magazine, 2003); for […]

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 […]

Eavan Boland

Boland, Eavan

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. Her collections of poetry include 23 Poems (Dublin, Gallagher, 1962); The War Horse (London, Gollancz,1975); In Her […]

Dermot Bolger

Bolger, Dermot

Dermot Bolger was born in Finglas, North Dublin, in 1959. He founded Raven Arts Press, Dublin, where he was editor from 1979 to 1992. His […]

Pat Boran

Boran, Pat

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise in 1963. His poetry collections are The Unwound Clock (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh […]

Angela Bourke

Bourke, Angela

Angela Bourke’s short story collection is By Salt Water, (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996). Her other books include Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (Baile Átha Cliath, […]

Heather Brett

Brett, Heather

Heather Brett was born in Canada, and was raised in Co Antrim. Her collections are Abigail Brown (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); The Touch-Maker (Monaghan, The […]

Colette Bryce

Bryce, Colette

Colette Bryce was born in Derry in 1970. Her collections are The Heel of Bernadette (London, Picador, 2000); The Full Indian Rope Trick (Picador, 2004), […]

Seamus Cashman

Cashman, Seamus

Seamus Cashman was born in Conna, Co Cork in 1943. His poetry collections are Carnival (Dublin, Monarchline, 1987); Clowns & Acrobats (Monarchline, Dublin, October, 1997); […]

Tony Curtis

Curtis, Tony

Tony Curtis was born in Dublin in 1955. His collections are The Shifting of Stones (Dublin, Beaver Row Press,1986); Behind the Green Curtain (Beaver Row […]

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 […]

John F. Deane

Deane, John F.

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. His poetry collections are Stalking After Time (Dublin, Profile Press, 1977); High Sacrifice (Dublin, Dedalus […]

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); […]

Greg Delanty

Delanty, Greg

Greg Delanty was born in Cork in 1958. His collections are Cast in the Fire (Mountrath, The Dolmen Press, 1986); Southward (Dublin, Dedalus, 1992); American […]

Moyra Donaldson

Donaldson, Moyra

Moyra Donaldson was born in Co down in 1956. Her collections are Kissing Ghosts (Belfast, Lapwing Publications, 1995); Snakeskin Stilettos (Belfast, Lagan Press 1998/New Jersey, […]

Katie Donovan

Donovan, Katie

Katie Donovan was born in 1962, and spent her early childhood in County Wexford. Her poetry collections are Watermelon Man (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bloodaxe Books, […]

John Doorty

Doorty, John

John Doorty was born in 1959 in Co. Clare. He is the author of the poetry collection Into the Heart of It: Daley Dialogues and […]

Theo Dorgan

Dorgan, Theo

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. His poetry collections are The Ordinary House of Love (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Rosa Mundi(Salmon Poetry, 1995); […]

Desmond Egan

Egan, Desmond

Desmond Egan was born in Athlone, Co Westmeath in 1936. He founded the Goldsmith Press in 1972 and edited Era, the literary magazine. His collections […]

Padraig Fiacc

Fiacc, Pádraic

Born Patrick Joseph O’Connor in Belfast in 1924, Padraic Fiacc adopted his pseudonym at the urging of Padraic Colum. His family emigrated to New York, […]

Anne Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, Anne

Anne Fitzgerald was born in Dublin in 1965. Her poetry collections are Swimming Lessons (Wales, Stonebridge, 2001); The Map of Everything (Dublin, Fortyfoot Press, 2006); […]

Anthony Glavin

Glavin, Anthony

Anthony Glavin was born in Boston in 1946 of Irish heritage. He has been editor of New Irish Writing (1987-88) and more latterly former Commissioning […]

Julia O'Faolain by Dave Meehan

O’Faolain, Julia

Julia O’Faolain was born in London in 1932 to the writer Sean O’Faolain and children’s writer Eileen O’Faolain (née Gould). Her works include the short […]

Vona Groarke

Groarke, Vona

Vona Groarke was born in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, in 1964, and grew up on a farm outside Athlone. Her collections are Shale (Loughcrew, Co Meath, […]

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, […]

Michael Hartnett

Hartnett, Michael

Michael Hartnett /Micheál Ó hAirtnéide was born in Co Limerick in 1944. His collections include Anatomy of a Cliché (Dublin, Poetry Ireland Editions 4, The […]

Dermot Healy

Healy, Dermot

Dermot Healy was born in Westmeath in 1947. His short stories are collected as Banished Misfortune (London, Allison & Busby, 1984). His novels are Fighting […]

Sandymount, Dublin

Iremonger, Valentin

Valentin Iremonger was born in Dublin in 1918. A career diplomat, he served as Irish Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Finland, India and Luxembourg. With Samuel […]

Trevor Joyce. Portrait by Eva Pollert

Joyce, Trevor

Trevor Joyce was born in Dublin in 1947. Co-founder and co-editor (with Michael Smith) of New Writers’ Press in 1967, and founding editor of The […]

Patrick Kavanagh

Kavanagh, Patrick

Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan in 1904. His poetry volumes are Ploughman & Other Poems (London, MacMillan Contemporary Poets Series, 1936); The […]

Conan Kennedy

Kennedy, Conan

Conan Kennedy was born in Dublin. His novels are Here Be Ghosts (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1982, eBook edition 2011); Ogulla Well (Killala, Co Mayo, Morrigan […]

Brendan Kennelly

Kennelly, Brendan

Brendan Kennelly was born in Co Kerry in 1936. He has published over thirty books of poetry. His early poetry includes Cast a Cold Eye […]

Adrian Kenny

Kenny, Adrian

Adrian Kenny was born in Dublin in 1945. His fiction is Arcady & other Stories (Dublin, Writers Co-Op, 1983); The Feast of Michaelmas, a novel […]

Benedict Kiely

Kiely, Benedict

Benedict Kiely was born in 1919, near Dromore, Co Tyrone. His short stories collections include A Journey to the Seven Streams (London, Methuen 1963); A […]

June Levine

Levine, June

June Levine was born in Dublin in 1931. She is the author of two best-selling books: Sisters, a personal history of the Irish feminist movement […]

James Liddy

Liddy, James

James Liddy was born in Dublin in 1934. His poetry publications include Esau, My Kingdom for a drink (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1962); In a […]

Ferdia Mac Anna

Mac Anna, Ferdia

Ferdia Mac Anna was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels are The Last of the High Kings (London, Viking, 1991); The Ship Inspector (Viking, […]

Hugh McFadden

McFadden, Hugh

Hugh McFadden was born in Derry. His collections are City of Mirrors (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1985); Pieces of Time (Belfast, Lapwing Press, 2004); Selected […]

Thomas McGonigle

McGonigle, Thomas

Thomas McGonigle was born of Donegal ancestry in Patchogue, Long Island, New York in 1944, and has had a deep connection with Ireland since 1964. […]

Nigel McLoughlin

McLoughlin, Nigel

Nigel McLoughlin was born in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in 1968. His collections are At The Waters’ Clearing (Flambard Press/Black Mountain Press, 2001); Songs for No […]

David Marcus

Marcus, David

David Marcus was born in Cork in 1924. With Terence Smith and SJ White, he edited Irish Writing from 1946-54. He also edited Poetry Ireland, […]

Helena Mulkerns

Mulkerns, Helena

Helena Mulkerns was born in Dublin and has lived abroad for much of her adult life. Her first story collection is Ferenji and Other Stories […]

Paul Muldoon

Muldoon, Paul

Paul Muldoon was born in Co Armagh in 1951. His main works are New Weather (London: Faber & Faber, 1973); Mules (Faber & Faber and […]

haiku spirit

Norton, Jim

Jim Norton was born in Dublin in 1947. He established HAIKU SPIRIT, Ireland’s international journal of haiku in 1992, and was its editor until 1997. […]

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 […]

Frank Ormsby

Ormsby, Frank

Frank Ormsby was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in 1947. His books of poetry include the collections Ripe for Company (Belfast, Ulsterman Publications, 1971); A […]

Siobhán Parkinson

Parkinson, Siobhán

Siobhán Parkinson was born in 1954 in Dublin but grew up in Galway and Donegal. Her books for children include The Leprechaun Who Wished He […]

Rowley, Rosemarie

Rosemarie Rowley was born in Dublin in 1942. Her poetry publications include The Broken Pledge (Dublin, Martello, Tallaght, 1985); The Sea of Affliction (Dublin, Rowan […]

James Simmons

Simmons, James

James Simmons was born in Derry in 1933 and educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and at Leeds University. He taught in Northern Ireland and for […]

Augustus Young

Young, Augustus

Augustus Young is the pen name of James Hogan, who was born in Cork, in 1943. As Augustus Young, his poetry collections include Survival (Dublin, […]