Writer in Dublin, Ireland
My debut novel Little Town Moone is forthcoming from John Murray in June 2021. HIVE, a long short story story, No Alibis Press, autumn 2021. Short story collection, Room Little Darker, was published by New Island Books in 2017 and Head of Zeus, 2018. In 2019, I wrote the introduction to Still Worlds Turning, an anthology of experimental short stories by No Alibis Press. Non-fiction includes: In Love With a Mad Dog (Gill and MacMillan, 2006) and a Foreword to Nuala O'Faolain's tenth anniversary edition of Are You Somebody? (New Island Books, 2018). I am currently curating a multi-media exhibition on Nuala's ground-breaking memoir for the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi); showing from March 2020, when I'm Writer-in-Residence. Fiction/essays published (or forthcoming): BBC Radio 4; Galway Stories 2020; The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working Class Voices; Uncertainties 5; The Art of the Glimpse, 100 Irish short stories; Irish writing anthology from Marrowbone Books; The Irish Times; The Long Gaze Back; The Stinging Fly; The Moth; Winter Papers; The Lonely Crowd; The Broken Spiral. I'm a prizewinner of the Moth Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for writing.ie Short Story of the Year; Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction; Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award; Lorian Hemingway Prize; and Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize. Awarded literature bursaries from The Arts Council of Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and residencies at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry, Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill, and Circle of Missé, France. I've also facilitated creative writing workshops at literary festivals since 2017 and in Mountjoy Men's Prison in 2019. In March 2020, I'll be teaching a six-week course on the short story at the Irish Writers Centre. Qualifications: MA Creative Writing, Queen's University Belfast; Pg.Dip Journalism, DIT; BA Writing and Publishing with English Literature, Middlesex University. I'm very grateful to be represented by the brilliant Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander, London.