Noel Duffy was born in Dublin in 1971 and studied Experimental Physics at Trinity College, Dublin. After a brief period in research he turned to writing and went on to co-edit (with Theo Dorgan) Watching the River Flow: A Century in Irish Poetry (Poetry Ireland, 1999).
He was the winner in 2003 of the START Chapbook Prize for Poetry for his collection, The Silence After, and also won The Firewords Poetry Award (Galway City Council) in 2005. A play, The Rainstorm, was produced for the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2006. His work has appeared widely in Ireland and the UK (including Poetry Ireland Review, The Financial Times and The Irish Times) as well as in the US, Belgium, Argentina and South Africa. His poetry has also been broadcast on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany and Today with Pat Kenny, and BBC Radio 4′s Poetry Please hosted by Roger McGough. His debut collection In the Library of Lost Objects was published in 2011 by Ward Wood Publishing, London, and was shortlisted for The Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet. His second collection On Light & Carbon followed in autumn 2013, again with Ward Wood. A third collection Summer Rain was published in autumn 2016.
Noel has taught creative writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, and screenwriting at the Dublin Business School, Film & Media Department.
He has twice been a recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary for Literature.
Noel was awarded a Patrick & Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry 2018/2019.