Paul Casey was born in Cork in 1968. He grew up between Ireland, Zambia and South Africa and has worked in a number of fields, primarily film, multimedia and teaching. His second collection Virtual Tides appeared from Salmon Poetry in early 2016. While mainly writing in English, he is a multilingual poet published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, the US, China, Australia, South Africa, Romania, Italy and beyond. A chapbook of his longer poems, It’s Not all Bad, was published by The Heaventree Press (2009). He completed a poetry-film based on Ian Duhig’s poem The Lammas Hireling, which has been screened at many International festivals and used as a teaching aide in the Sorbonne curriculum workshops, and elsewhere. His début collection is home more or less (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and in 2013 he was awarded a Cork City Council Artist’s Bursary to work on Virtual Tides. His work has most recently appeared in The Enchanting Verses, The Irish Times, FEKT.org, Poethead, The Wolf, Live Encounters, The Café Review, The Penny Dreadful, Itaca, Arté Metropolis TV and in the 2016/7 anthologies, Looking at the Stars, On the Banks, Even the Daybreak, Blackjack, Cork Literary Review and The Deep Heart’s Core. His poems have been translated into Romanian, French, German, Italian and Chinese. In 2014 he wrote and performed a collaborative piece with Afric McGlinchey, for Stephen J. Fowler’s Enemies project.
Prior to founding Ó Bhéal in 2007 Casey was, among other things, a scriptwriting lecturer at the Nelson Mandela University, where he also ran poetry events and convened the greater Port Elizabeth poetry competition in three languages and four age groups. He has read and performed at various festivals and events in Ireland and around the world, including Poetry Africa in Durban, the AWP, Beyond Baroque and The World Stage in Los Angeles, the Troubadour in London, Dominican University in San Rafael, The Godiva Festival in Coventry, the Cork International Poetry festival, Cúirt in Galway and the Dromineer Literature Festival. He has been recorded by RTE Radio 1 for the Poetry Programme and for Arena and he read in the Guild Hall in Coventry for the state visit of president Michael D. Higgins. Since 2012 he has been poet in residence each May during the Bealtaine festival, for Carechoice elderly homes around county Cork. He curates and edits the annual Unfinished Book of Poetry for Cork City Libraries, featuring verse written by transition year students from Cork city schools, and is the founder/director of the poetry organisation Ó Bhéal (www.obheal.ie).
Paul Casey impresses with his versatility, sophistication and wit. His poems are shape-shifters of sound and style. One moment they are quick and shiny as satellites. The next dark and thoughtful as standing stones in a circle. They range, they lope, they gallop, strident or hushed. At all times they are concerned and caring. - Kobus Moolman
“a verbal weave of magical sound. It does what the best of poetry always does. it begins in delight, stays in delight and lands in delight” - Alan Titley
https://vimeo.com/45341598 - The Lammas Hireling (Poetry Film)