Kevin Doyle was born and brought up in Cork. He holds a Masters in Chemistry from NUI (Cork), and worked for a number of years in the chemical industrial sector in Ireland and the United States. He has been published in many literary journals, including the Stinging Fly, the Cork Review, Southwords and the Cuirt Journal. He has been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Hennessy Literary Awards and the Sean O Faolain Prize, and has won the Tipperary Short Story Award and the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. He has written extensively about Irish and radical politics and, with Spark Deeley, he wrote the award-winning children's picture book, The Worms that Saved the World. To Keep a Bird Singing is his first novel.