Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright and novelist. He was born in Dublin.
His novels and plays have won, among other awards, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He has also had two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.