Born in London in 1950 to Irish parents, Philip Casey grew up in Co. Wexford, which features in much of his work.
He published four collections of poetry: Those Distant Summers (1980), After Thunder (1985), and The Year of the Knife: Poems 1980-1990 (1991), all by Raven Arts Press; and Dialogue in Fading Light – New & Selected Poems (New Island Books, 2005). A one-act play, Cardinal, was performed in Hamburg in 1990.
His novels are The Fabulists (Lilliput, 1995), The Water Star (Picador, 1999) and The Fisher Child (Picador, 2001). The Fabulists won the inaugural Kerry Ingredients Book of the Year Award at Listowel Writers’ Week in 1995, and was translated into German in 1999. He founded and maintained the Irish Writers Online and A Guide to Irish Culture (www.irishcultureguide.com) websites.