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; she is currently Writer in Residence at The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium.
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.
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.
Analysis of work: See ‘Reviews’, analysis of work by M. Teresa Caneda-Cabrera:Women on the Move: Mobility in Evelyn Conlon’s Fiction
Publications and broadcasting in 2013
Dear You, English and Italian translation of short story about Violet Gibson, the woman who attempted to assassinate Mussolini (Download here from Drop Box).
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’. –
Education, Awards, Bursaries & Honours
1952 – Born in Co. Monaghan
1972-75 – Lived and travelled in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
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
2005 – Elected to Aosdána, the Irish Artists’ guild