Biography

Evelyn Conlon is an Irish novelist and short story writer. An unsentimental thinker, her work is suffused with originality and wit. Born in Co. Monaghan, she is now resident in Dublin and has a deep interest in Australia where she lived in the early 1970s.

An elected member of Aosdána, the Irish association which honours distinguished artistic work, she has been writer-in-residence in colleges in many countries and at University College Dublin.

A conscientious researcher, her 2010 talks in Australian Universities addressed the topic ‘Corridors of Truth, what Fiction adds to History’.

Her novel, Skin of Dreams, which was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the year, dealt with capital punishment, and brought her on to Death Row in the United States.

Her earlier novels Stars in the Daytime and A Glassful of Letters deal variously with social and political dilemmas, as well as the lives, loves and hates of her characters.

She has published three collections of short stories, My Head is Opening, Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour, the title story of which was performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and Telling - New and Selected Short Stories. These have been widely anthologised and translated.

Evelyn Conlon
Evelyn Conlon

Education, Awards, Bursaries & Honours

  • 1980-76 - BA & Higher Diploma in Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
  • 1988; 1995 - Awarded Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries in Literature
  • 1999 - Awarded Diane Wood Middlebrook Fellowship, USA
  • 1999 - Elected to Aosdána, the Irish Artists’ guild

Publications and Broadcasting

Not the Same Sky, (novel) Wakefield Press, Australia. Read a review on ANZ LitLovers.

Dear You, English and Italian translation of short story about Violet Gibson, the woman who attempted to assassinate Mussolini (Download).

What's That?, a series of six essays on Public Art for Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland.

Dubliners 100: 15 New Stories Inspired by Joyce's Original – review Evelyn Conlon's version of 'Two Gallants'.