Writing and Awards
Sinéad’s published essays include ‘Blue Hills and Chalk Bones‘, in Granta, as part of their new Irish writing volume; ‘Hibernia, Caledonia’, in Winter Papers Vol. 2 (edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith); “Dublin’s Mountains and the Hell Fire Club”, in Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison); ‘Hair’ in literary journal Banshee, and two radio essays have been broadcast on RTE Radio One’s Sunday Miscellany.
Her short story ‘Counting Bridges’ was longlisted for the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and a 500-word flash fiction story ‘Fathoms’ was highly commended at Dromineer Literary Festival in October 2015. Sinéad was also shortlisted for the 2016 Fish Memoir Prize. In 2016, Thin Places (a work-in-progress) made the final eigth of 885 entries for the inaugural Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award.
The Long Gaze Back: Short Shorts by Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women from the North of Ireland, won Best Irish Published Book at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively.