Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Cullen, County Cork, in 1945, later moving to Manchester. He studied Medieval English at Oxford University, where he is a teacher and Fellow in English at Wadham College. Bernard O’Donoghue received a Cholmondeley Award in 2009. His collections include The Absent Signifier (1990), Gunpowder (1995) – which won the Whitebread Prize for Poetry – and Outliving (2003). His most recent poetry collection is Farmers Cross (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize.