Patrick McCabe was born in 1955 in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland. He is the author of five novels including The Butcher Boy (1992), which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of a children’s book, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (1985), and a collection of linked short stories, Mondo Desperado, published in 1999. His play Frank Pig Says Hello, which he adapted from The Butcher Boy, was first performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1992. A film adaptation of The Butcher Boy directed by Neil Jordan was first screened in 1996. His short stories have been published in the Irish Times and the Cork Examiner and his work has been broadcast by RTÉ in Ireland and the BBC. His latest novel, Winterwood, was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year.