Ciaran O’Driscoll was born in Callan, County Kilkenny. He now lives in Limerick where he lectured until retiring in 2007 at the School of Art and Design (Limerick Institute of Technology).
He began to publish poetry in magazines at the end of the 1970s and early ’80s. His first publication in book form was in Blackstaff’s Trio series in 1985. His first full collection was Gog and Magog in 1987 and his fourth was The Old Women of Magione in 1997. He won the coveted James Joyce Prize in 1989, and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in 2001. His recent poetry collections Moving On, Still There in 2001, Life Monitor in 2009, and his childhood memoir A Runner among Falling Leaves (2001), have been critically acclaimed among his peers. In 2012 he published his first novel, A Year’s Midnight.
Selections of his work have been translated into French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Scots Gaelic, Serbo-Croat, Slovene and Spanish. He is a committee member of Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival.