The Blue Guitar is my first full collection, published by Salmon Poetry in June 2011. My poetry has been published in anthologies in Ireland and the UK and broadcast on radio. An earlier pamphlet of 20 poems gained a Poetry Business award, sponsored by Arts Council England, in 2007 and was published as You’ve Been Great (Smith/Doorstop) the following year.
I grew up in Ladytown, County Kildare and come from a family in which poetry has long been appreciated: my father composed verses in his head while he worked in the fields and my grandfather’s poems are still read at family occasions. I live in Dublin where I work in journalism and psychology. I have an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. I am married with two daughters.