Nuala Ní Chonchúir is an Irish short fiction writer and poet, with a passion for visual art. She was born in Dublin in 1970 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin City University and NUI Galway. Her two short fiction collections The Wind Across the Grass (2004) and To the World of Men, Welcome (2005) were published by Arlen House. Her bilingual poetry collection Tattoo:Tatú (Arlen House, 2007) was shortlisted for the 2008 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award. Her first full poetry collection Molly’s Daughter appeared in the ¡DIVAS! Anthology New Irish Women’s Writing (Arlen House). She edited the second ¡DIVAS! Anthology – A Sense of Place.
Nuala lives in County Galway with her partner and children. She teaches creative writing part-time and has won many literary prizes, including the inaugural Cúirt New Writing Prize, RTÉ Radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. She has twice been nominated for a Hennessy Award, and was awarded an Arts Council Bursary in Literature in 2004.
In 2007, she wrote a collaborative play, ‘Departure’, with three other writers, for Turtle Shell Productions in New York. The play was completed over several months and a staged reading took place at the Irish Arts Centre in New York.
Other collaborations have included poetry about Liberty Hall, twinned with art by Cora Cummins, for the joint Stinging Fly and Circa publication Marks (2008); and Postcard Poems (2009) with poet Órfhlaith Foyle.
Her poetry and fiction have been published and anthologised in Ireland, the UK, France, Canada and the USA; and have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 and Lyric FM.
Nuala has judged many literary competitions including the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (collection), and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She has worked as guest fiction editor for literary journals Southword and Horizon Review.
As well as translating her own poetry, Nuala has translated and published the work of Irish language poets Caitlín Maude and Cathal ó Searcaigh.
Nuala has travelled to Paris, the USA, Wales, Portugal and Germany for readings. Her residencies have included a poetry writing project with long-term elderly residents in Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, and Writer-in-Residence at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in 2009.