Belinda McKeon was born in Ireland in 1979 and grew up in Co. Longford. 

Her debut novel, Solace, was published in 2011 by Scribner (US) and Picador (UK/Ireland/Australia) It was named a Kirkus Outstanding Debut of 2011 and was named Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2011 at the Irish Book Awards, as well as winning theSunday Independent Best Newcomer award. It also won the 2011 Faber Prize.

McKeon’s writing has been published in journals including The Paris Review, The Guardian and The Dublin Review, and has been anthologized in Fishamble Firsts: New Playwrights (New Island, 2008) and New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2011). She has also written on the arts for The Irish Times for over ten years, and has interviewed writers including John McGahern, Richard Ford, Amy Bloom, John Banville, Colm Toibin, Eavan Boland, W.S. Merwin and Joan Didion.

She curated Ireland’s largest poetry festival, DLR Poetry Now, from 2008 to 2011 and has curated a number of events in the US, including IAC Poetry Fest, a festival of contemporary Irish poetry in New York, and the literary strand of Imagine Ireland.

McKeon studied English and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (BA) and University College, Dublin (MLitt), and has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University.

As a playwright, she has had work staged at the Abbey and Project Theatres in Dublin and at 59E59 and PS 122 in New York. She is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.


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