Éilís Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin in 1954. She was educated at University College Dublin (UCD) studied Pure English for her BA and Irish Folklore for her PhD. Her first short story was published in 1974 and since then she has written several novels in both English and Irish. She is also the author of five short story collections and four children's books as well as three plays. Éilís has won recognition and awards for her prose, drama and children's literature, and her novel The Dancers Dancing was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000. The Shelter of Neighbours, a collection of short stories, was published by Blackstaff Press in 2012. For many years, she worked as a librarian in the National Library of Ireland and she has also worked in the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD as well as taught Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin. Currently Éilís is Writer Fellow in UCD, where she teaches MA-level Creative Writing. She is a member of Aosdána.
Twenty-first-century Dublin is chic, seductive, affluent. At the glittering heart of the city is Anna Kelly Sweeney, a moderately successful writer who lives in exclusive south Dublin with her wealthy property developer husband Alex and son Rory. Removed from harsh and unpleasant realities, Anna's life is spent in the endless round of launches, lunches and opening nights that makes up the city's literary scene. But Anna is not happy and, having fallen for the handsome but irresponsible Vincy, prepares to abandon home, husband and son for the dream of an all-conquering love. Panoramic, strikingly original and compulsively readable, A Swallow, a Fox, a Scarecrow is a modern-day morality tale, an intelligent, funny, critical but always fiercely humane insight into contemporary Irish culture and society.
Shortlisted for the 2006 Irish Book Award of the Year, Hurlamaboc tells of the adventures of three teenagers living in the Dublin suburbs - Ruán, Emma and Colm. All three are neighbours of the same age but with different personalities, backgrounds, and social class, preparing for the Leaving Cert. An accident turns everything on its head. Every teenager will recognise Rúan, Emma and Colm. They will enjoy their company as they grow through their adventures. The book offers an insight into the social prejudices and bigotry in Ireland today. This is a readable, inspiring and humorous novel which will be enjoyed by all, young and old alike.
Midwife to the Fairies reveals Éilís Ní Dhuibhne's progress as a story writer over the years since she first began to work in this genre. Ranging from the ultra realistic 'Some Hours in the Life of a Witch' to the surreal fantasy world of 'Fulfilment' and 'The Wife of Bath', the stories describe ordinary and not so ordinary lives, and the lives of women in particular, in the feminist and post-feminist era in Ireland.