Órfhlaith Foyle’s strange stories of violence and yearning beguile the reader even as they disconcert. She is a true original, a writer of great gifts, and I find her work immensely compelling and memorable.’Joseph O'Connor on ‘Somewhere in Minnesota’
Foyle’s first novel Belios was published by The Lilliput Press. Her first full poetry collection Red Riding Hood’s Dilemma was published by Arlen House and short-listed for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award in 2011 and chosen as book of the year by Scotland On Sunday newspaper.
Somewhere in Minnesota (Arlen House, 2011) was her debut short fiction collection, and the title story was first published in Faber and Faber’s New Irish Short Stories (2011), edited by Joseph O’Connor. Órfhlaith’s second short story collection titled Clemency Browne Dreams of Gin (Arlen House 2014) was chosen as book of the year by The Irish Times newspaper.
‘Belios is a dark, rough, funny novel about a dying genius and his crazed biographer. It rages with wild vitality oddly touched with tenderness. Órfhlaith Foyle has fire in her belly.’Patrick McGrath
Órfhlaith Foyle was born in Africa to Irish parents and now lives in Galway, Ireland. Her work has been published in The Dublin Review, The Wales Arts Review, The Manchester Review, New Irish Writing and The Stinging Fly.