Conor O’Callaghan’s first novel, Nothing on Earth, was published in 2016 and shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year. His second novel, We Are Not in the World, was published in February 2021. He has published five collections of poetry and a memoir, Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War (2004), an account of Roy Keane’s departure from the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad. O’Callaghan currently lectures at Lancaster University, and also at Sheffield Hallam University where he teaches courses in creative writing, modern poetry, and Anglo-Irish literature. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award for his first collection of poetry, the Rooney Prize Special Award, the Times Educational Fellowship, and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry in 2007. Conor was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 1994.