Pearse Hutchinson was born in Glasgow in 1927 of Irish parents and moved to Dublin in 1932. He published two collections of poems in Irish, Faoistin Bhacach and Le Cead na Gréine. Dolmen Press published his first two collections in English, Tongue without Hands and Expansions (1969).
For thirty years The Gallery Press has been publishing his work — Watching the Morning Grow (1972), The Frost is All Over (1975), Selected Poems (1980), Climbing the Light (1985), The Soul That Kissed the Body (Selected Poems in Irish with translations into English, 1990), Barnsley Main Seam (1995), Collected Poems (2002) and Done Into English (2003 collected translations). At Least for a While (2008) which was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. Listening to Bach, a posthumous collection, was published in March 2014.
Co-founder and co-editor of Cyphers and a member of Aosdána, Pearse Hutchinson died in Dublin in 2012.