Born in 1962, Liam Carson was educated in a Catholic School in Belfast before reading English literature and philosophy at UCD. During the 1980s he lived in squats in Brixton and Kennington in London and worked in a variety of blue collar jobs. Returning to Ireland he worked for many years as a publicist for a variety of publishers. He is currently the director of the IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival, which he founded in 2004. His reviews, critical articles, essays and poems have appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Poetry Ireland Review, Fortnight, The Irish Review, New Hibernia Review, Comhar, An Guth, Irish Examiner and Sunday Tribune.