Katherine Duffy was born in Dundalk in 1962. Her first poetry collection, The Erratic Behaviour of Tides, was published by Dedalus Press in 1998, and poems from that collection have since appeared in various anthologies. She also writes fiction and in 2006 received the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award. Her fiction in Irish has won many awards and she has translated stories by leading Irish language authors into English. She lives in Dublin where she works as a translator in the Houses of the Oireachtas.