Thomas McCarthy was born at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954. He was educated at University College Cork and became a Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa 1978/79. He was International Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota, in 1994/95. He is author of nine collections of poetry, including THE SORROW GARDEN, THE LOST PROVINCE, MERCHANT PRINCE and PANDEMONIUM as well as two novels and a book of essays. He worked for many years at Cork City Libraries, but he now writes fulltime. He is a former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review as well as Director of Poetry Workshops at The Arvon Foundation(Yorkshire), Molly Keane House(Co. Waterford) and at Listowel Writers’ Week. He has been a member of Aosdana and a Fellow of the RSA, London, for many years. He is a winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, The O’Shaughnessy Prize and the Annual Literary Award of The Ireland Funds.