Evelyn Conlon is a novelist and short story writer who has been described as one of Ireland’s major truly creative writers. Observant and suffused with wit, her work has been widely anthologized and translated, including into Tamil; her selected short stories Telling is now available in Chinese. She is editor of four anthologies, including Cutting the Night in Two, and Later On, which became a centerpiece for a series of lectures titled The Language of War at the University of Bologna. Conlon’s most recent novel Not the Same Sky, has been described in The Irish Times as “rich, intelligent and complex … carefully researched, beautifully written and utterly compelling”. Eilís Ní Dhuibhne adds that despite the horror of the underlying Famine theme, expectations are refreshingly confounded, and as in all her work, Conlon “chooses not to patronise her characters”. The title story of her collection Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour was performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Her radio essays are heard frequently on RTÉ, and she is an adjunct professor with the Carlow University, Pittsburg, MFA Writing Program.
My Head is Opening, Attic Press; 1987
Stars in the Daytime, Attic, The Women's Press. 1989
Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour, Blackstaff. 1993
A Glassful of Letters, Blackstaff. 1998, Books Upstairs, 2016.
Telling, New and Selected short stories, Blackstaff. 2000, Books Upstairs, 2016.
Skin of Dreams, Brandon, 2003
Not the Same Sky, Wakefield, 2013.