Maria Hoey has been writing since she was eight years old. Her poetry
has appeared in Ireland’s foremost poetry publication, Poetry Ireland,
and her poems and short stories have also appeared in various
magazines. In 1999, Maria won first prize in the Swords Festival Short
Story Competition. In 2010, she was runner-up in the Mslexia
International Short Story Competition and was also shortlisted for the
Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Her debut novel, The Last Lost
Girl, was published in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Annie McHale
Debut Novel Award 2017 and the Kate O’Brien Award 2018.
Maria was raised in Swords, County Dublin, and has one daughter,
Rebecca. She lives in Portmarnock with her husband Dr Garrett O’Boyle.
Fiona Gartland has been a journalist with The Irish Times for fourteen
years and has covered many cases at the Criminal Courts of Justice and
at Family Court. She was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short
Story Competition on half a dozen occasions, has had stories broadcast
and has been published in magazines. Her first novel, In the Court’s
Hands, was published in 2018.
She lives in Dublin with her husband and four children.