The Bio Bit

Some of my writing awards & publications...

Photo by Lorraine Murphy Dooley
I won won the overall  Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year and the Emerging Poet Award for my poem 'Kitty'. My work was highly commended in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2013. My poem 'The Beast' was selected for inclusion in the Raving Beauties anthology 'Hallelujah for 50 ft Women.'(Bloodaxe 2015) Poems have also been published in literary magazines such as Poetry Ireland Review, The North - Irish Issue, The Moth Magazine, Southword, Boyne Berries, The Poetry Bus and Orbis. Inside the Wolf my debut poetry collection was published in 2018.

Fiction: My 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. My second, Her Kind, was shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature. 

photo by Miguel Ruiz

Short Fiction:

My stories have been adapted for stage, broadcast, published in literary magazines such as Banshee, Crannog, The Tribune, New Irish Writing, and The Yellow Room. They have been shortlisted for the Francis Mc Manus Award, the Molly Keane Award and the Hennessy Award. They have also been anthologized, most recently in The Long Gaze Back- Irish Women Writers' and 'The Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction.

TeachingI am a trained facilitator and tutor with a background in community development. Devised and taught creative writing, and novel workshops for many years. I earned an 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. I am a mentor with the Irish Writers Centre. 

I have judged Writing Competitions such as Over The Edge Writer of the Year, The People's College Award, and the Swift Satire Competition. 

Non- Fiction
I write non-fiction stories for the international magazine Womankind.

photo by Miguel Ruiz

Represented by Nicola Barr at The Bent Agency

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