Born in the limestone hollow called Ligoniel. Spent his early formative years there until he moved to the west of the city. In the early sixties he lived in London during a period of The Beatles, the mini-skirt and mini-cars.
Returning home, he trained to be a teacher and was Head of English in one of Belfast’s inner city schools during the worst of the Troubles. Became interested in the teacher and pupils as writer; exploring their experiences of home in poetry and prose.
Joined The Ulster Arts Club and organised readings by John McGahern, Paul Durcan, James Simmons and others. Had a McNeice. Michael Mc Laverty and Brian Moore weekend as well as classical, jazz and folk concerts. Participated in the Festival at Queens with Krapps Last Tape and other events.
Was lucky to have a haven in northern Sligo and, with family and friends, enjoyed the dramatic, beautiful landscape. With a neighbour collected dozens of placenames, poems and yards of local history. Became northern editor of the magazine Force 10.
Collections to date are: The Rat Diviner and Nan of the Falls Road Curfew by Beaver Row Press; In Queen Mary’s Gardens, Salmon Publishing and Ballintrillick in the Light of Ben Whiskin by Lagan Press.
Has collaborated with artists Patric Coogan, Brendan Ellis and Catherine McWilliams in joint poetry –painting exhibitions in Belfast, Sligo. Galway, Dublin and New York. Has worked with composer Prof’ Frank Lyons for the Visconic Arts Festival in Belfast.
He currently divides his time between Belfast and Sligo.