Poetry Ireland deeply regrets the passing of novelist and poet Philip Casey.

4th February 2018

Poetry Ireland deeply regrets the passing of novelist and poet Philip Casey, following an illness borne with immense grace and humour. 

Born in London in 1950 to Irish parents from Co Laois and Co Sligo, Philip’s family returned to Ireland to live in Co Wexford in 1956. A member of Aosdána, his novels include The Fabulists, The Water Star and The Fisher Child, previously published by Lilliput and Picador and reissued in new editions by the independent label eMaker Editions, which he established. The Fabulists was translated into Japanese by Noriko Ito and published by eMaker Editions. He also published Tried and Sentenced, his Selected Poems, and a novel for children, The Coupla. He was the founder and editor of Irish Writers Online and Irish Culture.

He was a constant, positive and supportive presence on the Dublin literary scene and he will be hugely missed by a very wide circle of friends, admirers and relatives.