Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His collections of poetry include A Small Fat Boy Walking Backwards (1985, 1992) and four previous volumes from Dedalus, Rio de la Plata and All That (1993), The Empty Quarter (1995), Extracts from the Lost Log-Book of Christopher Columbus (1999) and Torso of an Ex-Girlfriend (2002). End of Part One: New and Selected Poems appeared in 2006 to critical and popular acclaim. In 2008 his work was adapted for actors and musicians by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre and, as The People's Republic of Gerry Murphy, had a week-long run at the Everyman Palace in Cork. Pocket Apocalypse, his trans-lations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions.