Órfhlaith Foyle (Nigeria/ Ireland) read for the 2013 John Hewitt International Summer School, alongside James Byrne.
Órflhaith was born in Nigeria to Irish missionary parents, living there as well as in Kenya and Malawi. She later lived in Australia, France, Russia, Israel and the United Kingdom. Her home is now in Galway.
Órfhlaith Foyle’s first novel, “Belios” was published by The Lilliput Press. Her first full poetry collection “Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma” (Arlen, 2011) was short-listed for the 2011 Shine/Strong Award. In 2011, Arlen also published her debut short fiction collection, “Somewhere in Minnesota”, whose title story first appeared in Faber and Faber’s “New Irish Short Stories” (2011), edited by Joseph O’Connor. Órfhlaith’s second short fiction collection “Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin” (Arlen House 2014) was chosen as one the Irish Times Books of the Year. Her work has been published in The Dublin Review, The Wales Arts Review, The Manchester Review, and The Stinging Fly.
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