Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin. For more than twenty years she lived in France, Algeria and Spain, working as a teacher and a freelance journalist, before returning to Ireland. Since 2000 she has lived on the County Mayo coast.
She won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her debut collection, World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011), followed by Of Birds and Bones in 2014 and Mountains for Breakfast in 2017. Mute/Unmute is her fourth collection.
Mitchell is also the author of two novels for young people, Welcoming the French ( Attic Press 1992) and Escape to the West (Attic Press, 1994), and a biography, Deeds Not Words: The Life and Work of Muriel Gahan (TownHouse, 1997).