Robert Greacen was born in Derry in 1920. He spent part of his childhood in Belfast and Monaghan, he was educated at Methodist College, Belfast and later at Trinity College Dublin. He left Belfast for good in 1943. He worked at the United Nations Association in London and also as a teacher, he retired to Dublin in 1988. Greacen was elected as a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy of the Arts. He started to write the 1940's, publishing poems, book reviews and articles in The Bell (Dublin) and Horizon (London). He published two collections of poetry - one in 1944 and the other in 1948. In 1949 he edited an anthology of poetry with Valentin Iremonger. His poetry includes One Recent Evening, The Undying Day, Young Mr. Gibbon, A Garland For Captain Fox, A Bright Mask, Carnival at the River, Protestant Without A Horse and Ecstasy. He also published books on Noel Coward and C.P. Snow and two volumes of memoirs, Even Without Irene and The Sash My Father Wore. In 1995 he won the Irish Times Poetry Award.