Roderick Ford

Born in Swansea, Roderick Ford has lived a nomadic life, experiencing many different cultures which have informed his work. He was taken to Australia as an infant and when he was eight his parents moved to England, where growing up in the 1960s, he strongly identified with the counterculture of the time.  In the early 1970s he lived and worked in Africa and the Persian Gulf.  On his return to England, his then undiagnosed Aspergers (which was not well understood at the time) led to him being kept inappropriately heavily tranquillised until the early 1990s, when, released from medication, he moved to Paris and began writing poetry.  Using Paris as a base, he travelled in Europe and lived for long periods in Amsterdam, Venice, Stockholm and Svartsö (a wooded island in the Baltic), which informed and deepened his poetry. In 1999 he visited Ireland for the first time and decided to make it his permanent home.

Ford’s poetry is profoundly affected by his autism, which populates his work with solitary, outsider figures, sometimes only partly human, stranded on the borders between worlds and excluded from normal human relationships.  He has published two poetry collections, The Shoreline of Falling (Bradshaw Books, 2005), which was shortlisted for a Glen Dimplex First Book Award, and The Green Crown (Bradshaw Books, 2010). Individual poems have been successful in many competitions: in 2005 he won the Listowel Single Poem Prize, in 2006 he was shortlisted for the Strokestown English Language Prize, and in 2007 he won the Francis Ledwidge Award. He has also been shortlisted in the Keats–Shelley Prize in 2008 and the Bridport Prize in 2009, and was commended in the National Poetry Competition. He currently lives in Dublin.