Born in Ballycastle, in the Antrim Glens, Cahal Dallat studied Statistics & Operational Research at Queen's University Belfast. He has lived in London since 1974 and is married to poet Anne-Marie Fyfe. He has worked in television, publishing, public utilities, construction & information technology & taught systems analysts in India. Dalat writes on Irish fiction & drama for a range of literary journals including the Times Literary Supplement & the Guardian and has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's weekly arts magazine, Saturday Review, since its inception in 1998. His poetry appears in a range of literary magazines & anthologies. He also plays several instruments including bandoneon, musette-accordion, mando-fiddle, balalaika, piano, clarinet & soprano-sax.