Des Walsh was born in St. John’s and first published in 1972.
Since then, he has published four books of poetry. His work for the stage includes Fishwharf and Steamboat Men (Resource Centre for the Arts, LSPU Hall), Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (Rising Tide Theatre, Arts and Culture Centre), The Songs of Weather, Garland House, Play Somethin’ We All Knows and Johnny August (Rising Tide Theatre, Summer in the Bight Theatre Festival).
In November 1997, he was Playwright-in-Residence at Playwright’s Workshop Montreal. He co-wrote the TV drama The Boys of St. Vincent for which he won several awards including a Gemini in Canada and the Umbriafiction award in Italy. His eight-hour TV adaptation of Bernice Morgan’s novel Random Passage aired on CBC in January 2002.