Born in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954, Thomas McCarthy studied at University College Cork.
His poetry collections include The First Convention (1978), which won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Sorrow-Garden (1981), The Non-Aligned Storyteller (1984), Seven Winters in Paris (1989), The Lost Province (1996), and Mr. Dineen’s Careful Parade, New & Selected Poems (1999).
He has published two novels, Without Power (1991) and Asya and Christine (1992). He has also published a memoir, Gardens of Remembrance (1998).
Other awards include the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize (1981), the Ireland Funds’ Annual Literary Award (1984), and the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the Irish-American Cultural Institute (1991).
A new novel, Without Memory, is due for publication shortly.
For many years he worked as a librarian in Cork City Library, and in 1994-95 he was Humphrey professor of English at Macalester College in Minnesota.