Born in Co Cork, Bernard O'Donoghue is a teacher, poet and literary critic. Currently teaching Medieval English at Wadham College, Oxford, he continues to find an audience at home in Ireland. Winner of the Whitbread prize for poetry for his 1995 collection Gunpowder, O'Donoghue has also published Poaching Rights (1987), The Weakness (1991), Here Nor There (1999) and Outliving (2003). His Selected Poems will be published by Faber in 2008. He reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, and, as well as writing on medieval European poetry, he published a study Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry (1994) and a new verse translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2006).