Lia Mills writes novels, short fiction, memoir and essays. Her first novel, Another Alice, was nominated for the Irish Times Irish Fiction Prize. Nothing Simple was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year at the inaugural Irish Book Awards. Her memoir of an experience of oral cancer, In Your Face, was named as a favourite book of the year (2007) by several commentators. Her most recent novel, Fallen, was the Dublin/Belfast Two Cities One Book festival selection for 2016. That year she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
Lia has worked on several Public Art commissions. She has been an invited contributor to anthologies such as The Long Gaze Back (edited by Sinéad Gleeson) and Beyond the Centre: Writers on Writing (edited by Declan Meade). Her work has appeared in, among others, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review of Books. Her first play, Katie, a monologue based on Fallen, was staged in 2016 as part of the Two Cities One Book Festival, for which she also devised and co-wrote a site-specific play with Bairbre Ní Chaoimh for the Irish Writers Centre (sic). She is an occasional blogger and a contributor to Arena (RTÉ Radio One). Her work has been published in Holland, Brazil, Italy and India and she has been an invited reader in England, France, Spain and (part supported by Culture Ireland) in the USA, Canada, Italy and, most recently, Japan.
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