Nuala Ní Chonchúir

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Nuala Ní Chonchúir
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Nuala Ní Chonchúir
Born (1970-01-14) 14 January 1970 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Pen name Nuala O'Connor
Occupation Novelist, Short story writer, Poet
Genre Literary fiction,

Nuala Ní Chonchúir (born 14 January 1970) is an Irish writer and poet.


Born in Dublin in 1970, Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a full-time fiction writer and poet, living in County Galway. She has published one novel, four collections of short fiction and three poetry collections - one in an anthology. Nuala holds a BA in Irish from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Translation Studies (Irish/English) from Dublin City University. She has worked as an arts administrator in theatre and in a writers' centre; as a translator, as a bookseller and also in a university library. Nuala teaches creative writing on a part-time basis.[1]

Her short story "The Wind Across the Grass" (the title story from her 2004 collection) won the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award in 2002.

Nuala was featured in The Irish Times 'People to watch in the year ahead' on Saturday 3 January 2009.[2]

She was writer in residence for the 2009 Cúirt International Festival of Literature.[3]

Her third short story collect, Nude was Published in Autumn 2009 by Salt Publishing.[4]

In November 2009 her poetry pamphlet Portrait of the Artist With a Red Car was published by Templar Poetry.[5]

2010 saw the publication of her first novel - You was published in April by New island books.[6]

Her poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in November 2011.[7]

Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published in June 2012 by New island books.[8] The story "Peach", from the collection, was published in Prairie Schooner Winter 2011 issue and has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize.[9]

She has also written an essay for the Wales Arts Review's Bloomsday edition.[10]

In September 2013 Tower Press (USA) published Of Dublin and Other Fictions, a chapbook collection of Nuala's flash fiction.[11]

Her second novel Closet of Savage Mementos has been published by New island books in April 2014.

In October 2014 she was nominated for the Laureate for Irish Fiction. [12]

In July 2015 Nuala's third Novel Miss Emily will be published by Penguin USA and Penguin Canada. This will be her first novel as Nuala O'Connor.[13]

Review Quotations[edit]

‘...The novel flows beautifully and is understated in tone... This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.'[14]

‘… one of Ireland's most unusual and creative minds; [her fiction is] dressed in modernity, a ritual playing of the bones of Irish storytelling.' [15]

‘Look for some big things to come from Galway's Ní Chonchúir. She has such a diversity of work and can say so much in just a few words that it's obvious she's also an award-winning poet. Her stories are filled with very astute observations, some humorous, some sad.'[16]

'...Nude, with its thematic discipline, is a memorable achievement. As with Brendan Kennelly’s ground-breaking collection of poetry, Cromwell, it is satisfying to sit down with a book that sets itself an explorative, self-questioning agenda, full of witty voices rendering adventures both savage and absurd.' The Irish Times[17]

'...You deserves to find a place in our pantheon of much-admired, beautifully crafted variations on a theme' The Irish Times[18]

'...[You] flows beautifully and is understated in tone. The author, who lives in Co Galway, has already won prizes for her poetry and short stories. This gem is sure to win her further acclaim. Nuala Ní Chonchúir is a writer to watch.' Irish Examiner[19]



Short story collections[edit]

Poetry collections[edit]


  1. ^ "Nuala Ní Chonchúir official web site". Retrieved July 2008. 
  2. ^ Irish Times Features. "The people to watch in the year ahead". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 2008. 
  3. ^ Cúirt Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Programme)
  4. ^ Nude (
  5. ^ Portrait of the Artist With a Red Car (
  6. ^ You (New
  7. ^ The Juno Charm (
  8. ^ Mother America (New Island Books)
  9. ^ Prairie Schooner Winter 2011
  10. ^ Review, Wales Arts. "Bloomsday, Joyce and Two Muses". Wales Arts Review. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Of Dublin and Other Fictions (Tower Press)
  12. ^ The Arts Council list of nominees for the Laureate for Irish Fiction.
  13. ^ Penguin Author Page
  14. ^ Sue Leonard. "Irish Examiner Opinion - You". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Lovatt, Andrew. "deaddrunkdublin and other imaginal spaces". Retrieved January 2007. 
  16. ^ Long,Jack. "Irish Writers You Probably Haven't Heard Of, Yet". The Readerville Journal. Retrieved March 2008. 
  17. ^ KATIE DONOVAN (10 October 2009). "Body and soul laid bare : Review of Nude". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  18. ^ Arminta Wallace (9 September 2010). "Optimism in the second person : Review of You". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  19. ^ Sue Leonard. "Review of You". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 

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