Padraig Rooney

Irish writer Padraig Rooney has lived most of his life abroad. His first collection of poems <em>In The Bonsai Garden</em> (Raven Arts Press) won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry and his second <em>The Escape Artist</em> (Smith/Doorstop, 2006) was winner of the Poetry Business Competition. The title poem of his new collection <em>The Fever Wards</em> (Salt) won the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2009. He lives in Switzerland.