Currently living in Wicklow, Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and is a novelist and playwright. He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), the latter of which was the winner of the Costa Book of the Year in 2008, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It will shortly be a film directed by Jim Sheridan. His 2011 novel On Canaan’s Side was long listed for the Booker and won the Walter Scott Prize in 2012. His latest novel is The Temporary Gentlemen. He is the author also of twelve plays including The Steward of Christendom (1995) and The Pride of Parnell Street (2007).