Jarlath Fahy joined the Focus Theatre Group in 1984 where he studied the Stanislavski Method of Acting under Deirdre O'Connor. From acting and directing with Focus he relocated to Berlin where he joined the Berlin English Language Theatre. On his return to Ireland he joined the Gung Ho Theatre Company at The King's Head, Galway staging Lone Star, and acted with the Taboo Theatre Company, touring with Willy Russell's Stags and Hens. As a student in NUIG his poetry appeared in Criterion, the Arts Society Magazine, and in Outlet, the journal of the Philosophical Society. He completed a poetry masterclass with Ian Duhig and his poetry has since been published in Crannóg magazine, WOW! and in the collection during which nothing happens – the Writers Writing Live event of Galway's Project '06 Festival. The Man Who Was Haunted By Beautiful Smells is his first collection.