Sinéad Gleeson

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Sinéad Gleeson is an Irish writer.[1] Her essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and the Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer. It was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It was published in the US by Mariner books and translated into several languages. She is the editor of The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland and The Art of Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories.

Gleeson has also engaged in multi-disciplinary collaborations with artists and musicians, including commissions from City Gallery Wellington, The Wellcome Collection, BBC and Frieze. In 2021, she collaborated with composer Stephen Shannon and artists Aideen Barry on By Slight Ligaments (Limerick City Gallery) and Alice Maher and Rachel Fallon on The Map / We Are The Map (Rua Red). She is co-editor with Kim Gordon of This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music (White Rabbit Books/Hachette, 2022). Her debut novel will be published by 4th Estate in 2024.


As editor
  • Silver Threads of Hope, New Island Books, 2012 ISBN 1848401817, in aid of Console
  • The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, New Island Books, 2016 ISBN 1848405480
  • The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Woman Writers from the North of Ireland ISBN 184840557X, winner 2016 Best Irish Published Book of the Year, Irish Book Awards[4]
  • The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories, 2020 ISBN 9781788548809
  • This Woman's Work: Essays on Music, Hachette Books, 2022, ISBN 9780306829000 (with Kim Gordon)
As author
As contributor
  • A Little Unsteadily Into Light (2022, New Island Books)[5]


  1. ^ Jarlath Regan (30 June 2019). "Sinéad Gleeson". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (302 ed.). SoundCloud. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Enright and Bressie take home Irish Book Awards". RTÉ News. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ "The Long Gaze Back 2019". Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Ireland's favourite books for 2016 have been announced". The Journal. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  5. ^ "A Little Unsteadily Into Light". New Island Books. Retrieved 28 January 2023.

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