Alan Titley was born in 1947 in Cork City. He attended Coláiste Chríost Rí, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, and University College Dublin where he studied Irish, Philosophy and English. He was a lecturer of Education and History in Mount Carmel College of Education in Nigeria from 1967 to 1969, during which time he travelled widely in Africa. He taught in The School for Deaf Boys in Cabra from 1969 to 1974. He was head of the Irish Department in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra from 1981 until appointed Professor of Modern Irish in University College Cork in 2006.
His play, Tagann Godot, was produced in the Abbey Theatre/Peacock Theatre in 1990 and An Ghráin agus an Ghruaim was produced in 1999. His plays have also been broadcast by the BBC and RTÉ radio. He is a scholar, a columnist with the Irish Times, a novelist, short story and fable writer, literary historian, broadcaster and playwright. He has won many prizes. Most recently his novel for young people, Amach, won the 2004 Bisto prize. He lives in Cork.