Thomas McCarthy's third book confirms his standing among the finest Irish poets to emerge in recent years. "The Non-Aligned Storyteller" develops both personal and public themes in eloquent, incisive and moving poems. Reviewing his last collection in "PN Review", Ian McMillan wrote, 'Thomas McCarthy is very young and very good...he mostly shines his torch on subtle, difficult and almost unclassifiable areas of experience and thought, almost in the same way that Andrew Motion does, but with an additional and indefinable musical quality'.
Thomas McCarthy was born in Co. Waterford in 1954 and educated at University College, Cork. He has published six collections of poetry, two novels and a memoir. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the American-Irish Foundation's Literary Award, and the O'Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry. He has worked for Cork City Libraries since 1987.