In the 1980s Meade wrote and directed a number of his own plays for the Strand Theatre in Dublin. He originally worked as a pilot trainer for Aer Lingus, before becoming a journalist for The Irish Times and Irish Independent newspapers. In 1994, he released his first novel, Brandenburg, which garnered much critical acclaim. Meade now writes full-time.
In total, Meade has been translated into 26 languages. His next work, THE SECOND MESSIAH, will be published in English in summer 2011, by Simon & Schuster in New York. Meade divides his time between Ireland, and on occasion the USA.
He was one of the Irish delegates at the European Writers Conference in Istanbul in 2010.