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.