Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan in 1955. He is the author of many novels, plays and other works, including Carn, The Butcher Boy, The Dead School, Winterwood and his latest, Poguemahone. He was twice shortlisted for The Booker Prize with The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto. He is married to the painter and model-maker Margot Quinn, and has two grown-up daughters. He is currently completing a new novel entitled Watertown.