The Bio Bit



Poetry: Niamh won the overall  Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year and the Emerging Poet Category for her poem 'Kitty'. Her unpublished poetry collection has since been highly commended in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2013. Her poem 'The Beast' was selected for inclusion in the Raving Beauties anthology 'Hallelujah for 50 ft Women.'(Bloodaxe 2015)

Fiction: Her first novel, The Herbalist (Penguin Ireland) won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013, and was long listed for the IMPAC Award.

Short Fiction:
Her stories have been adapted for stage, broadcast, published in literary magazines and anthologized, most recently in The Long Gaze Back- Irish Women Writers' and 'The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction.


Niamh is a trained facilitator and tutor with a background in community development. She has devised and taught creative writing, and novel workshops for many years. She has a M.Phil in Women's Studies (Trinity College Dublin) and an honors degree in English and History (University College Galway) Other qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Community Development Practise(NUIG) and a Community Arts Certificate. 

She has judged in Writing Competitions such as Over The Edge Writer of the Year, The People's College Award, and the Swift Satire Competition. She also writes regular articles for the international magazine Womankind, and has recently studied the Chekhov's Technique for Writers (with Joerg Andres)











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