'Roisín O'Donnell breaks the bounds of the short story... O'Donnell has innovated with a texture and depth not often encountered in the short form.' - The Sunday Independent

Roisín O'Donnell is a Short Story Writer, living in Ireland.

With family roots in Derry city, Roisín grew up in Sheffield. When she was at primary school, one of her teachers commented ‘she doesn’t seem to know the difference between fact and fiction.’ This was said in response to weekly diary entries populated by ice dragons, talking trees and the odd tornado.

Roisín has been writing ever since. 

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Ulster, her stories and poems have been published internationally, featuring in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Structo Magazine, Popshot Magazine, Unthology and elsewhere. Her short stories appear in Young Irelanders (2015), and in the award-winning anthologies of Irish women's writing The Long Gaze Back (2015) and The Glass Shore (2016).

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Forward Prize, she has been shortlisted for many international awards, including 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 granted a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Roisín's debut short story collection, Wild Quiet was published in 2016 by New Island Books; 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.

RoisIn lives in Dublin with her husband and their baby daughter. 



Praise for Roisín O'Donnell

'Witty and intelligent... every so often you find yourself shaking your head in amazement at how O’Donnell captures a fleeting feeling.' - Berni Dwan