Ciaran O'Driscoll was born in Callan, Co. Kilkenny in 1943, and presently lives in Limerick, where he lectures in the School of Art and Design at the Limerick Institute of Technology. He has written five collections of poetry. The most recent, Moving On, Still There: New and Selected Poems was published by the Dedalus Press in 2001. In the same year, Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves.
He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.
It's out of the question that we don't
pull ourselves together now chaps
for various Muslim and Hindu reasons
also reasons of State, various
longterm goals but above all
because of the task in hand, namely
fixing this blownup leng...