Kerry Hardie was born in 1951 and grew up in County Down. She is a member of Aosdána and lives in County Kilkenny with her husband, writer Seán Hardie.
Her poems have won many prizes. To date she has won the Hennessy Prize, the Michael Hartnett Award, the Friends Provident National Poetry Prize, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award. Scholarships and residencies have taken her around the world to countries including Australia, France and China.
Her published poetry includes A Furious Place (1996), Cry for the Hot Belly (2000), The Sky Didn’t Fall (2003), The Silence Came Close (2006), Only This Room (2009) Selected Poems (2011) and The Ash and the Oak and the Wild Cherry Tree, which she launched at the first ever Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas in 2012.