Steven Bond grew up in Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, and has studied and taught in Limerick for much of his life. He received the College Silver Medal from Mary Immaculate College (2001, English Literature & Philosophy) and went on to complete a PhD in Philosophy on the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein (2005). Academic publications span philosophy and literature – Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, Joyce and Beckett. His research on Joyce’s Ulysses has been described by prominent Joycean scholars as “pivotal to a full understanding of Ulysses” (Declan Kiberd) and “a discovery of considerable significance” (Gerry Dukes). A satirical e-novella entitled Ulysses 2 Murder in Paris (“an eccentric, marvellously creative and bewildering whodunnit” – Jonathan McCreedy) was published in 2013, drawing comparisons with Flann O’Brien and Douglas Adams. Checkerworks is his debut collection of poetry.