Evelyn Conlon

Evelyn Conlon is an Irish novelist and short story writer. Born in Co. Monaghan, she is now resident in Dublin. 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, most recently into Tamil. She is presently completing a new collection of Short Stories, one of which tells the story of Violet Gibson, the Irish woman who attempted to assassinate Mussolini and which has just been published in Italian.

Her current novel Not the Same Sky tells the story of the 4000+ Famine Orphan girls who were shipped to Australia courtesy of the Earl Grey Scheme. It has garnered enthusiastic reviews both here and in Australia, where it made Pick of the Week in all the main Saturday Newspapers. Her previous novel, Skin of Dreams, which was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the year, dealt with the profundity surrounding Capital Punishment, and brought her on to Death Row in the United States.

Evelyn Conlon has also compiled and edited four books: An Cloigeann is a Luach - short stories and poetry from Limerick (1998); Cutting the Night in Two, an anthology of short stories by Irish 20th Century women (2002); Annaghmakerrig, an anthology of work created in the Tyrone Guthrie Artistic Centre (2006); and Later On, a memorial anthology of prose and poetry which marked the 30th anniversary of the Dublin/ Monaghan bombing, which became the centrepiece for a series of lectures in University of Bologna on The Language of War (2004).

A member of Aosdána, she has been writer-in-residence in several counties, at University College Dublin, University of Minnesota and Mishkanot Sha’anamin, Jerusalem.