Evelyn Conlon was born in County Monaghan, Ireland, educated there and briefly at University College Dublin. She travelled extensively in Australia and Asia before returning to Ireland and National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where as well as getting her degree and Diploma in Education she started its Creche in 1976. She has published three novels: Stars in the Daytime, A Glassful of Letters and Skin of Dreams, the last of which deals with the issue of Capital Punishment and led her to research on death row in the United States.
Conlon has published three collections of short stories: My Head is Opening, Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour (the title story of which was performed at Edinburgh Theatre Festival and translated into Tamil) and Telling, New and Selected Short Stories. Her latest novel Records on Globe Street, deals with the story of the 4000-plus Great Famine orphan girls who were sent from Ireland to Australia on 21 ships between 1848 and 1850; it will be launched in the NSW Houses of Parliament, Sydney, in August 2013. She is currently completing a collection of short stories.
Evelyn Conlon has also (variously) compiled and edited four books: An Cloigeann is a Luach (writings from Co. Limerick), Cutting the Night in Two (an anthology of short stories by 20th century Irish women), Annaghmakerrig (an anthology of work from residents of Annaghmakerrig Artists' Retreat in Co. Monaghan) and Later On (an anthology of fact, fiction and poetry as a memorial work thirty years after the Monaghan Bombing); the latter book has been used as the cornerstone of a series of lectures in the University of Bologna-Forli on The Language of War. Her short stories have been anthologised and translated into several languages including Italian, Tamil, French and German. She has given readings throughout the world (Britain, the USA, Australia, Japan, Indonesia among these), she has been writer-in-residence at many literary and other seasonal schools in Ireland and resident artist at Mishkanot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem. She is a regular broadcaster of her essays on National radio in Ireland and is a member of Aosdána, the organization of Irish artists.