Author and journalist Martina Devlin has written 10 books. Her latest is Truth & Dare, a short story collection in which she brings to life some of the women who shaped Ireland – from Maud Gonne to Countess Markievicz to Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. Her novels include About Sisterland set in the future in a world ruled by women, The House Where It Happened about Ireland’s last witchcraft trial (optioned for film) and Ship of Dreams about the Titanic disaster, with which she has a family connection.
Her work has won a number of prizes including the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Memorial Prize and a Hennessy Literary Prize, while she has been shortlisted three times for the Irish Book Awards. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year. She is vice-chair of the Irish Writers Centre and a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin researching Somerville and Ross.