Maurice Riordan was born in Lisgoold, Co. Cork. He was educated in St Colman’s College, Fermoy and is a graduate of UCC. His most recent collection of poems is The Water Stealer (Faber, 2013). Among his previous collections are The Holy Land (2007), Floods (2000) and A Word from the Loki (1995). He edited The Finest Music (Faber, 2014), an anthology of early Irish poetry in translation. He is a former editor of The Poetry Review and is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. He lives in London.