Matthew Sweeney was born in Co. Donegal, and lived in London from 1973 until the late 90s. After living in Berlin and Timisoara for some years, he returned to Ireland and now lives in Cork, where he is writer in residence at University College Cork. His books include two collections from Secker and five books from Cape: The Bridal Suite (1997), A Smell of Fish (2000), Selected Poems (2002), Sanctuary (2004), Black Moon (2007). Black Moon (Cape, 2007) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. His latest books are The Night Post (Salt, 2010), a selection from earlier collections; Horse Music (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and Inquisition Lane (Bloodaxe Books, 2015). He is a member of Aosdana.