Mick Delap is London based, but his grandfather was reared on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, where Mick shares a much loved summer house. He waited till he had retired from the BBC World Service in 2000 to turn seriously to his writing, which focuses on family life and history, the natural world, and his passion for sailing the West of Ireland. In 2002 Mick won Best First Collection at Listowel, and the following year Lagan Poetry Press in Belfast published River Turning Tidal. In June 2015 Arlen House (Dublin) brought out his second collection, Opening Time .
Mick will read at The Poetry Gathering on Thursday.