David Wheatley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the poetry of Samuel Beckett. He won the Friends Provident (Irish) National Poetry Competition in 1994 and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature for his first poetry collection, Thirst (Gallery Press, 1997). He was Writer in Residence for County Wicklow in 1998, editing two anthologies, Stream and Gliding Sun: A Wicklow Anthology and I am the Crocus: Poems by Children from County Wicklow. He recently edited an edition of the Poems of James Clarence Mangan for Gallery Press. He writes regularly for various papers and magazines, including The Irish Times, Poetry Review, Thumbscrew and Verse, and co-edits Metre with Justin Quinn.