About

Portrait by Conor Horgan @conorhorgan.

I’m a fiction writer from London who lives between Ireland and Spain. My debut novel, Black Butterflies, is published by Duckworth and was Indie Fiction Book of the Month for May 2022. I have an MA with Distinction and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and have taught creative writing at UEA, Kingston University and City Lit. I currently lecture at University College Dublin and teach groups and individuals privately online. In my twenties and early thirties, I taught English as a foreign language in England, Spain and Brazil. I read Italian, Spanish and Social Anthropology at Cambridge University.

I’m represented by Sophie Lambert at C&W. Dusty Miller is my publicist.

Priscilla Morris’ debut novel set during the siege of Sarajevo is captivating, heartrending – an irresistible and beautifully crafted portrait of a woman and her city falling apart. As one is swept up in Priscilla’s storytelling, one also inevitably calls to mind the still-shocking fact that this siege, the longest in modern warfare, and the larger Balkans conflict of which it was part, happened on our doorstep and in our lifetime.

Rowan Cope, Duckworth Books, the Bookseller.

writing in the butler room
At the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. I finished writing Black Butterflies here.

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The Goat’s Bridge, near Sarajevo, Bosnia. Zora paints this Ottoman bridge obsessively.
At the London launch of Back Butterflies. Photo by @Matthewgammon.artist.