Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952, but has travelled widely in Africa and Asia, as well as more recently in Europe. He won the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1981 and has been the recipient of fellowships in Germany, France, the United States and Australia. He has published nine books of poetry, including The Desert Route: Selected Poems 1973-88 and Night Train through the Brenner, all from Gallery Press, with The Desert Route co-published by Bloodaxe Books in Britain. On the Spine of Italy, his prose study of an Abruzzese mountain community, was published by Macmillan in 1999. A collection of his short fiction, Berkeley’s Telephone, appeared from Lilliput Press in 2000. His collection Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 was published by Wake Forest in 2007 and won the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His latest titles are The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass (2012), shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award; The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004 (2014); and Portobello Sonnets (2017), all published by Bloodaxe Books in Britain and Ireland, and by Wake Forest University Press in the USA. He has taught in Bremen and Bordeaux universities, as well as Trinity College and University College Dublin. He returned to Ireland in 2004 and was Ireland Professor of Poetry in 2010-13.