Hugh McFadden was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but has lived in Dublin since early childhood. He was educated at Synge Street C.B.S, Dublin, and at University College Dublin.
He has had poems published in a variety of literary magazines, including Aquarius, Belfast Review, Broadsheet (ed. Hayden Murphy), Cyphers, Irish University Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Revival, and The Stony Thursday Book.
A collection of verse, Cities of Mirrors, was published by Beaver Row Press, Dublin in the 1980s. A second collection, entitled Pieces of Time, was published in 2004 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. His Selected Poems, entitled Elegies & Epiphanies, was published by Lagan Press in 2005.
He is the executor of the literary estate of the Irish writer John Jordan, who was the founding editor of Poetry Ireland Review (& editor of its predecessor, Poetry Ireland). He edited The Collected Stories of John Jordan (Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1991), and The Collected Poems of John Jordan (Dedalus Press, Dublin, 1991). He edited The Selected Prose of John Jordan, Crystal Clear (Lilliput Press, 2006), for which he wrote an extensive Introduction.
His Selected Prose Organic Words was published in 2019 by Limerick Writers’ Centre.