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Colin Ryan was born in 1949 in southeast Australia and raised in a rural community where his family first settled sometime around the middle of the 19th century. Most of his writing is in Irish and many of his short stories have been published in the Irish-language literary magazines, Feasta, Comhar and An Gael. He worked for a time as a civil servant in Melbourne, and still lives in the area. He is married and has one daughter and they speak English and Irish in the home.