Maurice Scully was born in Dublin in 1952 and spent his childhood between Clare, the Ring Gaeltacht, and Dublin. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin.
He has been editor of a number of influential magazines (Icarus, The Beau), and through the 1970s and 1980s organised important readings and literary events.
In a writing career that began in the early 1970s he has published over a dozen volumes of poetry and taken part in conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, and the US, where his readings are prized as key interpretations of his complex, engaging work.
For 25 years Scully’s work was devoted to a single vast project under the overall title of Things That Happen which consists of 5 Freedoms of Movement, Livelihood, Sonata, and Tig, the coda to the whole work. See his publications here.
After many years living in Italy, Africa and the west of Ireland, he settled with his wife and four children in Dublin, where he taught for a time at Dublin City University.
He is a member of Aosdána.