He received bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Ireland in 1999 and 2009, and his work was awarded the inaugural Ted McNulty Prize. His first collection Touching the Bones (Gallery Press, 2001) was awarded the Forward Prize for First Collection 2002. The Gallery Press has also published The Fire Step (2009), Midnightstown (2014) and The Way to Work (2016). His latest collection The Last Straw was published in February 2018.
He lives with his family close to the coast of County Meath where he earns his living in the County library service. He received the O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry in 2016.
Click on the link below to watch Tom French reading
‘Gogarty’s Printers, Kilmainhamwood’ from The Fire Step (2009)
‘Commute‘ from The Fire Step (2009)
‘Leaving Ballybeg‘ (2013)
‘The Neptune Pool: Lockers’ The Way to Work (2016)