Roisín O'Donnell was the winner of the An Post Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year 2018. With family roots in Derry city, Roisín grew up in Sheffield and moved to Dublin in 2002. Her debut short story collection, Wild Quiet was published in 2016; it was listed as one of The Irish Times' Favourite Books of 2016 and was shortlisted for the Kate O'Brien Award and the International Rubery Book Award and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Ulster, Roisín’s stories have been published internationally, featuring in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Structo Magazine and elsewhere. Two of her stories were selected for inclusion in major anthologies of Irish women's writing The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, both of which won Best Irish-Published Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, she has been shortlisted for many international awards, including the Short Story of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the Brighton Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Her work has received Honorary Mentions in the Bath Short Story Award and the Fish Flash Fiction Prize. In 2015, Roisín was awarded a prestigious Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Roisín is currently based in County Meath, where she works as a teacher. She is mum to a wonderful daughter.
Further information can be found at her website: http://roisinodonnell.com/.
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