Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Educated in Belfast and Glasgow. Employed in Madrid; Hamamatsu, Japan; Columbia, SC; and Beaufort, SC. Retired by a river. Tolerated by cats and dogs. Fed by literature, music, and light. Enchanted by ideas and engrossed in making words work. After a semester at law school when I was 51, and several months recovering in the south of France, back in Ireland after 28 years.