Dermot Healy was born in Finea, County Westmeath, in 1947. His prose books include Banished Misfortune (stories), The Bend for Home (memoir), Fighting with Shadows, A Goat’s Song and Sudden Times (novels) and Long Time, No See (2011).
He wrote and directed plays, including The Long Swim, On Broken Wings and Mister Staines, and wrote the screenplay for Our Boys, directed by Cathal Black.
The Gallery Press has published his five collections of poems, The Ballyconnell Colours (1992), What the Hammer (1998), The Reed Bed (2001), A Fool’s Errand (2010) and a posthumous collection The Travels of Sorrow (2015).
Dermot Healy won the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976), the Tom Gallon Award (1983), and the Encore Award (1995). In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Poetry Now Award for his 2010 poetry collection, A Fool’s Errand.
Long Time, No See (Faber & Faber, 2011) was selected for the International IMPAC Literary Award, the world’s most valuable literary award for a single work in the English language, by libraries in Russia and Norway.
As a member of Aosdána Healy was also part of its governing body, the Toscaireacht. Dermot Healy founded and edited the literary journals The Drumlin and Force 10.
Dermot Healy lived in Ballyconnell, County Sligo until his sudden death, aged 66, on 29 June 2014.