Neil McCarthy studied English at National University of Ireland, Galway. Originally from south west Cork, he has been travelling for many years, a theme which is central to many of his poems. He has read as a guest speaker all over the world at various literary events and festivals in Dublin, Vienna, Budapest, Melbourne, New York, Denver and Los Angeles to name a few. He also performed with Irish musicians for three consecutive Prague Fringe Festivals from 2007-2009.

His poems have appeared online and in print in dozens of journals and his latest CD of spoken work Live in the Laden (Vienna) is currently available.