Sarah Bannan was born in 1978 in upstate New York. She moved frequently when she was growing up, living in Texas, in Florida
and in Alabama, where she attended high school. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 and then moved to Ireland,
where she has lived ever since. She has worked in various roles in the arts and since 2007 she has been Head of Literature with the Arts Council. In 2010, she took part in the Faber Academy’s novel‐writing course.