(An Irish-language title) Joe Steve O Neachtain was born and reared in An Cre Dubh, Spiddal, Co. Galway, where he still resides. He is well-known throughout the country for his part in the TG4 soap opera Ros na Run. A prolific writer, Scread Mhaidne is his first novel. He has also written short stories, pantomimes, plays, songs, poetry, scripts, sketches, agallaimh bheirte and luibini, not to mention his works for children and teenagers! He also wrote the drama series Baile an Droichid which ran for ten years on Raidio na Gaeltachta. He was awarded the Clo Iar-Chonnachta Literary Prize in 1998 for his anthology of short stories Clochmhoin, and in 2001 for his novel Lamh Laidir.