Declan Toohey was born in Scotland in 1997 and grew up in County Kildare, Ireland. In 2021 he was a winner of the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair, and in 2022 he won the Maeve Binchy Travel Award. A graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at University College Dublin, he is the recipient of an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. His writing has appeared in the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, and the anthology Queer Love (ed. Paul McVeigh, 2021), among other outlets. His debut novel, Perpetual Comedown, was published by New Island Books in February 2023.