Michael Casey’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in many Irish, British and American journals. The winner of several national and international awards, he has been anthologised with writers such as Seamus Heaney, Nadine Gordimer, Paul Muldoon.
Casey’s novel Come Home, Robbie was published by O’Brien Press in 1992. A prize-winning collection of short fiction, Treadmill, appeared in 2007. Writing as a social scientist, his book Ireland’s Malaise was published by the Liffey Press in 2010.
Six of Casey’s plays have been performed on stage. His writing has also often appeared in the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Business and Finance and other journals.
Casey, an Irish national, married with three children, was educated at New Ross, University College Dublin and at the University of Cambridge where he earned a PhD in Economics. He has worked and taught in Dublin, Cambridge and Washington DC where he served on the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund. He was the Chief Economic Adviser at the Central Bank and attended senior policy meetings of the EU, the European Central Bank, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Bank for International Settlements.
Flight, Winner, Georgia Poetry Society Award 2003, Anthologised in GPS Anniversary Collection, The Reach of Song, 2003
A Fate Takes A Holiday, Winner Atlanta Review Prize 2003, Atlanta Review, 2003, Anthologised in The Gift of Experience, Summer 2005
The Still Centre, Winner, Writers’ Week Listowel Winners Volume, 2000
Riverrun, Winner , Siarscéal, Castlerea 2008
A Mandolin Hung in the Shed, Envoi, No 134, Feb 2003
Another Presence, Ibid.
A Splinter of Light, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002
Straight as A Die, Staple, No 41, 1998
Greyhound, Staple, No 36, 1996
Altersuggestion, Staple No 41, 1998
Geologists, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002
Grey, Envoi, No 134, 2003
Sandman’s Lullaby, Poetry Ireland, No 54, 1997
Back to the World, Ibid.
An Historical Footnote, Staple No. 40, Winter 1997
Touch, Poetry Ireland, No 60, 1999
Geologists, Poetry Ireland, No 72, 2002
Water Play (short-listed for Clogh Award)
The Loss that Height Entails (short-listed for Strokestown Award)
Hiding in Plain Sight (accepted for Publication by Alan Ross, London Quarterly)
Monet: Musee Marmottan (short-listed for Listowel Prize)
Under a Black Flag (Oxfam Calendar Award, 2007)
A Presleytarian Church, Jazzclaw, 2003
A Round Tower, Bardsong, 2002
Give or Take a Lustrum, Bardsong, 2002
Blurred Divide, Short-Listed for Tonbridge Wells Award, Windows Anthology, Worple Press,2007
Just Marbles, Short-Listed for Clogh Award, 2005
Arctic Opera, Stinging Fly, Winter 2008.
Cooling the Heart, Convergence, 2008
The Blind Empiricist, Convergence, 2008
Cormorant Fisherman, Cyphers, 2010
Bulloch Harbour, Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, Southward Journal, 2011
Leavened Bread, Prize-Winner, Boyle Arts Festival, 2009
Clouds Cease Drifting, Revival, Jan 2008
With Sleeves Rolled Up, Certificate of Merit, Golden Pen Competition, 2009
Such Closeness, Certificate of Merit, Golden Pen Competition, 2009
The Adaptation of Mr Fitzgerald, R*K*V*Ry, 2010
Caoilte, Galway Ropes, 2011
I Know the Score, Honorable Mention, Lucidity Poetry Journal
International Poetry Competition, 2011
An Exaltation of Larks, The Stony Thursday Book, 2011
Tolstoy’s Myriad Landscapes, Poetry Ireland, 2012
The Sea’s Uncertainty, Highly Commended, Siarscéal Festival 2012
Going Home that November, Cyphers, 2012
The Horseman Dream, Abridged, 2013
Love Poem, Atlanta Review, Spring/Summer 2013
Guitar in Shop Window, Atlanta Review, Spring / Summer 2013
Allotment, Iota Magazine, 93-94, 2013
Feeling The Eclipse, Iota Magazine, 93-94, 2013
Blending, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, The Edition, 2014
Clotho Learns to Knit, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, 2014
Lost Place, The Shop, 2014
Backs of Houses, Ibid. 2014
Fever Sheds, Ibid. 2014
Dura Mater Caves, The Shop, 2014
The Shape of Rain, Yeovil Literary Prize-Winning Anthology, 2012 and 2013
A Plane at Night, Cyphers, 2014
Snapshot and Waffles, Orbis, 2014
Jacks for Office, Hungry Hill Writing Prize, 2015
English Speaks Seductively, Hungry Hill, Highly Commended, 2015
Second Feature At The G.P.O., Hungry Hill, Commended, 2015
Shock and Awe, Hungry Hill, Commended, 2015
Always in Search, Goldsmith Poetry Prize, 2015
The Climber Thinks of Home, Highly Commended, Francis Ledwidge International Award, 2015
A Collection, Nor Have We Wings, Short-Listed for The May Swenson Award, 2002, Utah State University
A Collection, Untitled, Short-Listed for The Tipperary Chap-Book Award,
A Collection, No Room At Home, Short-Listed for Listowel Poetry
Collection Competition 2009.
A Collection, Back To The World, Short-Listed for Listowel Poetry
Collection Competition, 2013
A Collection for Patrick Kavanagh Award 2014, Highly
A Collection, Accepted by Salmon Press.
Short Fiction : Published in The London Magazine, Bridport Anthology, Columbia Magazine of Prose and Poetry, The Tribune, Tipperary Arts Festival Chapbook Series, Etc.
Securex The Bridport Anthology, Samson and Company, 2000
and in Signals-3, London Magazine Stories Selected
by Alan Ross and Jane Rye, 2001
Mssrs Trimble and Cluestar, Columbia Magazine of Poetry and Prose, The Lost Issues, 1993
The Sign of The Dog, Columbia Magazine of Poetry and Prose, Number 9, 1984
The Wrong Address, Adapted for Radio, Radio Telefis Eireann, 2001
Normality, The Tribune (Short-List for Hennessy Award), 1992
The Mystery of it All, The Tribune (Short-List for Hennessy Award), 1994
Treadmill, Tipperary Arts Festival Winners Chapbook, First Prize, 2006
Daniel and Brad and Wheeze Momma, Ibid.
Boring for England, Shortlisted for Best Story, Listowel Writers Week, 2008
Grey and Brown Unrelieved, Shortlisted for Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, 2008
Letter To Meryl, Orbis, 2014
Playing Through, Leapfrog Press, Spring 2015
Come Home, Robbie, Published by O’brien Press, 1990
Ireland’s Malaise, Published by The Liffey Press, Oct, 2010
Treadmill, A Chapbook of Short-Stories, 2008
Wedding Speech , Performed by Radio Telefis Eireann, 2003
Tabu, First Prize At Listowel Writers’ Week, 2007, Performed as ‘Joyce’s Wake’ in Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 2014.
The High Priest of Hackballscross, Performed in Mill Theatre, Dundrum, 2014
Joyce’s Wake, Performed in Mill Theatre and Players’ Theatre Trinity College, 2015
Bit Parts, Rehearsed Reading At Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 2012
Contrast, Rehearsed Reading At Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 2013
Cupidity, Performed, National Gallery of Ireland, 2014
Dimples and Sin, Performed, National Gallery of Ireland, 2014
Get Down With The Groove, Performed Players’ Theatre, Trinity College
Transatlantic Therapy, Performed in Players’ Theatre, Trinity College
Hundreds of Articles, Essays and Book Reviews in The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Business and Finance, Dublin Review of Books, Etc.
COME HOME, ROBBIE: “…part thriller, with all the page-turning urgency of that genre, part astute psychological study of a crumbling marriage and a brain-washed teenager … The background of impending divorce notches up the tension even further so that we are dealing with people permanently on the edge … the sheer quality of the writing lends the story some of the stature of heroic tragedy … The denouement is unexpected and yet leaves the reader with some of the empty feeling of real tragedy … I guarantee that you will find the novel difficult to put down …
… The writing carries a spine-tingling compulsion …
Education Times, 1998.
TREADMILL: “… Michael Casey has succeeded in bringing to life some vivid characters who, by turn, captivate, amuse and engage. This is an original and exciting author whose work shows a wry observation and quick wit …”
IRELAND’S MALAISE: “… Michael Casey shows the same Confucian wisdom as his hero, TK Whitaker, in his brilliant new book which banishes many myths and makes many sound suggestions … ”
Eoghan Harris, Sunday Independent, 2010.
MISCELLANEOUS POEMS AND FICTION:
“… Beautiful work …” “… Lovely clear prose-style, great characters and beautifully crafted vignettes …” “… I was thoroughly captivated by the fine quality of the prose and the strong deeply-felt characterizations …” “… elegant, shrewdly observed and with a lovely wry humour …” “… a very interesting piece of work—an unusual idea, very well executed …”
“… very powerful, intelligent poems made their presence immediately known … they display the same awareness … of the language that is found, for example, in Brien Friel’s ‘Translations’ … (The poet) employs a casuistry and persuasiveness to rival that of Robert Brownings dramatic monologues …” Various Editors and Critics.