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Bernie McGill

Novelist, Short-story writer

Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories shortlisted in 2014 for the Edge Hill short story prize, and of The Butterfly Cabinet (named in 2012 by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year). Her latest novel, The Watch House, is set on Rathlin Island in 1898 at the time of the Marconi wireless experiments. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and the Netherlands. Her work has been placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty short story prizes and she won the Zoetrope: All-Story award in the US in 2008. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, all by New Island Books, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers.

Bernie has an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast, and is the recipient of a number of Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards. In 2013 she was granted a research bursary from the Society of Authors. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family, and works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre and as a writer in schools for Poetry Ireland.

Bernie McGill


Queen's University Belfast 2018-20
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