Elizabeth Reapy is from Co. Mayo. She has a BA in English Literature and History from NUI Galway, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from UCC and an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2012, she was the Exchange Irish Writer in Residence in Varuna Writers’ House in NSW, Australia. She represented Ireland and was listed for PEN International: New Voices Award in 2013. Her short fiction appeared in Hennessy New Irish Writing and The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers. Red Dirt, her debut novel, was published by Head of Zeus. It won Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and the 2017 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
She is now based in Dublin redrafting her second novel and training as a fitness instructor. Her other interests include travel, creativity, spirituality, hiking, red wine and music.