Sean Coffey is a lately retired former lecturer in electronic engineering. While he was born in the UK, his Irish parents returned him to the ould sod in 1964.
His hobbies include riding fast motorcycles and taking slow walks. He lives beside the sea on the west coast of Ireland, but fears he may soon be living under the sea on the west coast of Ireland.
He has been writing since the mid-nineties out of the necessity of retaining a grasp on his sanity. His stories have been published in the 2003 Phoenix Collection of Irish Short Stories and the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005–2015, and shortlisted for prizes including the Francis McManus Prize, the Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize, the Davey Byrne’s Short Story Competition, the Fish Flash Fiction prize and the Hennessy Literary Awards. His story Paddy’s Rambles through the Park won the 2002 Laois Prize for Literature. He has recently completed a novel.
Q: If you could travel back in time, which of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Samuel Beckett. Because he liked motorcycles and cricket, and was funny.
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: If This Is a Man by Primo Levi. Many times.
Q: If you could teleport yourself anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why?
A: To the Starship Enterprise, because they could teleport me back to where I am.