Nicholas McLachlan was born in Dublin and lived for many years in lower Leeson Street, Hatch Place and York Street. After a long career as an athlete with Donore Harriers he moved to Kerry to write. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals, anthologies, broadsheets, artist catalogues and festschrifts and he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series in 2004. His first published short story won the Martin Healy Short Story Award. His stories have been published in The Irish Times, Force 10 and the Cork Literary Review. He has produced and edited two books: 80mph – A Festschrift for Leland Bardwell and Ildána, a bi-lingual book featuring the work of over eighty west Kerry artists and writers. He is a tutor on the creative writing adult education programme in Dingle. For fifteen years he was director of Dingle Writing Courses, an organisation he founded with his partner Abigail Joffe. He lives under Mount Eagle in Ventry, County Kerry. The Rain Barrel is his first poetry collection.