Elaine Feeney is a writer from the west of Ireland and she has published three poetry collections including The Radio was Gospel & Rise (Salmon Poetry). She holds a degree in English Literature and History from The National University of Ireland, Galway and postgraduate degrees in Education from University College Cork and The University of Limerick. Her debut novel As You Were won the 2021 Dalkey Book Festival’s Emerging Writer Prize, The Kate O’ Brien Prize and The Society of Authors’ McKitterick Prize. It was nominated for Irish Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and shortlisted for the prestigious Rathbones-Folio Prize. Feeney’s work featured on Best of 2020 lists in The Telegraph, Sunday Times, Irish Times, Examiner, Irish Independent, The Herald, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Guardian and was chosen by the Observer as a top debut novelist for 2020. Her short story Sojourn was published in the Art of The Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (edited by Sinéad Gleeson) and she wrote the multi award-winning drama WRoNGHEADED commissioned by the Liz Roche Company.
Feeney lectures in poetry and Creative Writing at The National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is a founding member of the Tuam Oral History Project. She also works on mentorship programmes and is interested in institutions and restorative justice, empathy in education, nationhood and working-class voices. She was Poetry Ireland’s Ambassador (2019) and was a judge of the Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize (2021).