EVELYN CONLON is a novelist, short story writer, editor, and anthologist from County Monaghan, living in 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 crèche in 1976. Conlon has published four novels: Stars in the Daytime (1989); A Glassful of Letters (1998); Skin of Dreams (2003); and Not the Same Sky (2013). She has also published four collections of short stories: My Head is Opening (1987); Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour(1993); Telling: New and Selected Short Stories (2001); and Moving About The Place (2021). Conlon has variously compiled and edited four books: An Cloigeann is a Luach (writings from 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 County 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 a cornerstone for a series of lectures in the University of Bologna-Forli on The Language of War. Her short stories have been anthologized and translated into several languages including Italian, Tamil, French, German and Chinese. She has given readings throughout the world (Britain, the USA, Australia, Japan, Jerusalem and Indonesia among others) and has been a writer-in-residence at many literary and other seasonal schools in Ireland and abroad. Conlon is a regular broadcaster of her essays on national radio in Ireland. She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Association which honours distinguished artistic work. Her last novel, Not the Same Sky was launched at the NSW Houses of Parliament, Sydney. Evelyn was awarded the Ireland Fund Residency in the Princess Grace Library in Monaco, Spring 2020. Forthcoming later this year in the Peter Lang Series REIMAGINING IRELAND, is a collection of essays on her work, titled Telling Truths: Evelyn Conlon and the Task of Writing, edited by Teresa Caneda-Cabrera, which includes an essay by Joseph Bathanti and an interview with Paige Reynolds.  

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