Pearse Hutchinson was born in Glasgow in 1927 of Irish parents and moved to Dublin in 1932. He published two collections of poems in Irish, Faoistin Bhacach and Le Cead na Gréine. Dolmen Press published his first two collections in English, Tongue without Hands and Expansions (1969).
For thirty years The Gallery Press has been publishing his work — Watching the Morning Grow (1972), The Frost is All Over (1975), Selected Poems (1980), Climbing the Light (1985), The Soul That Kissed the Body (Selected Poems in Irish with translations into English, 1990), Barnsley Main Seam (1995), Collected Poems (2002), Done Into English (Collected Translations, 2003), At Least for a While (2008, shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award) and Listening to Bach, a posthumous collection published in 2014.
Pearse Hutchinson was co-founder and co-editor of Cyphers and a member of Aosdána. He died in Dublin in 2012.