David Pierce was born in Sussex in 1947 and, eleven months later, he took his first steps in his grandmother’s cottage in Liscannor, County Clare. He spent his adolescence in Catholic seminaries in Sussex and Surrey before being told he was not suited for the priesthood. He graduated from Lancaster University in 1970. In the following decade he taught for a year with the British Council in Madrid and subsequently spent four years teaching in comprehensive schools in Stevenage and Blackburn. His research into Irish writing gained momentum in the 1980s under the tutelage of Timothy Webb at the University of York and Graham Martin at the Open University. He is the author (or co-author) of seventeen books, three with Yale University Press including James Joyce’s Ireland (1992) and Yeats’s Worlds (1995), and, more recently, three with Edward Everett Root: The Joyce Country: Literary Scholarship and Irish Culture (revised edition) (Brighton, Sussex, 2021), James Joyce’s Portrait: A New Reading (2019), and Yeats Revisited; The Continuing Legacy (2022). Six of his books were on Joyce, including Reading Joyce (Routledge, 2008), and four on Yeats including a 4-volume edition of Yeats criticism with Helm Information in 2000. His Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader was published by Cork University Press in 2000. A memoir, The Long Apprenticeship, was published by Matador in 2012. From 1978 to 2007, when he retired, he taught English at York St John College/University. During that time, he spent the academic year 1981-2 teaching English in California at Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz.