Dermot McGarthy was born and grew up in Dublin. He started writing short stories in his teens and had some of these were published in local magazines. He got the poetry bug in his mid-thirties, and has since self-published 4 books, Standing Room Only (2004), Goldfish Logic (2006), Building Work (2008) and his current collection, Balance of Payments (2017)). He also recorded a spoken word CD entitled Ancient Air in 2010. His poetry has appeared, amongst other places, in the Drogheda Independent and the poetry journal Boyne Berries, and he has read his work as the featured guest of the White House poets in Limerick. One of his poems” Borders” from his first collection was recorded by Kairos Communications for RTE. He travels widely and reads his work extensively, having recently been invited back to share some of his work at his old alma mater, O’Connell’s School, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1.His current publication is available from both Books Upstairs and The Winding Stair bookshops in Dublin.