Irish Book Awards

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had seven books published including the number one best-seller Banksters, a co-authored account of the Irish banking collapse written with RTÉ’s David Murphy.

Other work includes Ship of Dreams, a novel about the Titanic – inspired by a family connection with the disaster – and a memoir, The Hollow Heart. She started writing fiction after winning a Hennessy Literary Award for her first short story in the 1996, and has been shortlisted twice for the Irish Book of the Year awards. A former Fleet Street journalist, she writes weekly columns for The Irish Independent, and contributes essays to RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany.

In 2012 she won the Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett short story award. In 2011 she was named National Newspapers of Ireland columnist of the year. In 2010 she was GALA columnist of the year. In 2009 she was writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Martina was born in Omagh and lives near the sea in Dublin.

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