Born in Templeglantine, Co Limerick, Seán Body spent his working life in the Greater Manchester area, where he worked as a probation officer, social worker and Social Services training officer. Subsequently he ran his own training agency, specialising in child care.
Joining Manchester Poets in 1988, he establishedTarantula as a Manchester Poets imprint. In 1998 he reconstituted Tarantula Publications as an independent publisher and launched the thrice yearly magazine Brando's Hat.
A founder member of Manchester Irish Writers, his poetry has won prizes in several competitions, including, Ver Poets, Peterloo and Bridport. A short story won the Irish Post Listowel Writers Competition.
He is currently Honorary Creative Writing Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leicester.