I was born in Dublin in 1969. I received a BA History from UCD. Over the following eight years, I worked for Waterstones in Dublin and London. I left the bookselling trade to undertake a Post Graduate Diploma in Community and Youth Work in Maynooth University. I have worked with various charities over the last twenty years including Women’s Aid, Youth Work Ireland and the Dyslexia Association of Ireland.
I began writing in 2013, and in 2015 undertook an MA in Creative Writing in UCD studying under James Ryan, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Frank McGuinness, Lia Mills, Paul Perry and Anne Enright.
I was awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature, recognising previous and current works. I have been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards with my short story ‘Grace’; shortlisted for the Sunday Business Post Short Story Award for ‘Some Tiny Clue’ and for the Benedict Kiely Competition with ‘Mr. Henry’. I was a recipient of an Arts Grant through Westmeath County Council. In 2020 I received a bursary in the literature from the Arts Council of Ireland.
My short story work has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Crannóg, The Lonely Crowd, Ogham Stone, The Incubator, The Weekend Read For Books’ Sake, and Bunker, a collection of short stories published by Cork County Libraries.
My debut novel ‘When All Is Said’ was published in 2019 and received the Newcomer of the year award at the Irish Book Awards. It is translated into twenty foreign languages. My second novel, Listening Still, will be published in the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in April 2021, and in the US and Canada in March 2022.