'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 an award-winning Irish writer.

Roisín O’Donnell was the winner of the An Post Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year 2018.

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. 

Her debut short story collection, Wild Quiet was published in 2016; 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.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Ulster, Roisín’s stories have been published internationally, featuring in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Structo Magazine, Popshot Magazine, Unthology and elsewhere. Two of her stories were selected for inclusion in major anthologies of Irish women's writing The Long Gaze Back (2015) and The Glass Shore (2016), both of which won Best Irish-Published Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

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 awarded a prestigious Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Roisín is currently based in County Meath.


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