Biographical Note

Eilís Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin. She was educated at Scoil Bhride, Scoil Chaitriona, and University College Dublin (UCD). She studied Pure English for her BA. In 1976 she was conferred with an M.Phil in Medieval Studies (Old English, Old Irish, Folklore).   In 1978-9 she spent a year as a graduate student in the University of Copenhagen. In 1982, she was conferred with a Ph D by the National University of Ireland.


Her first short story,'Green Fuse', was published in David Marcus's 'New Irish Writing' page in the Irish Press in 1974, when she was an undergraduate student, and she contributed many stories to that page during the following ten years. When she completed her doctorate in 1982, she began to write books and her first, Blood and Water, was published in 1988.  Since then she has written several collections of short stories, many novels, books for children, poetry, and plays for stage and radio. She has also worked as a script writer for RTE and TG 4. Her work has won many awards – including the Stewart Parker award for Drama, the Butler Award (American Association of Irish Studies) for Prose, several Oireachtas Awards for novels in Irish,  and three Bisto Awards for Children’s Literature.  Her novel, The Dancers Dancing, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and her collection of short stories, The Pale Gold of Alaska, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.


Her books have been translated to German, Czech, Italian, Scots Gaelic, and her short stories to those and many other languages including French, Spanish, Slovenian, Croatian, and Russian.


Eilis worked as a librarian in the National Library of Ireland for many years, in the Photographic Archive, the Manuscripts Department, and the Education and Outreach section, where she curated several exhibitions, including the Yeats Exhibition. She has also taught Creative Writing at the Irish Writers’ Centre, Listowel Writers’ Week,  the Faber Academy of Writing, and Trinity College, where she was Writer Fellow in 2005. She is now Writer Fellow in UCD, where she teaches on the MA in Creative Writing.

Eilis is a member of Aosdana.