Born in England in 1935, he studied mathematics at Cambridge, taught in Istanbul and worked in the visual arts in Vienna and London. From 1972 to 1984, he lived on the Aran Islands, writing and making maps of the islands, the Burren and Connemara. The two volumes of Stones of Aran were published in 1986 and 1995, and Setting Foot on the Shores in Connemara and Other Writings in 1996. He also edited J.M. Synge's The Aran Islands for Penguin Books. My Time in Space, a collection of autobiographical essays, appeared in 2001, followed by a collection of fictions, Tales and Imaginings, in 2002. Connemara: Listening to the Wind, the first volume of a trilogy on Connemara, appeared from Penguin Ireland in 2006, and won the Argosy Prize for non-fiction in the Irish Book Awards. He lives in Roundstone, Connemara, where his partner Máiréad runs Folding Landscapes, which publishes his maps.
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