Sara Baume won the 2014 Davy Byrne’s Short Story Award, and in 2015, the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, the Rooney Prize for Literature and an Irish Book Award for Best Newcomer. Her debut novel, Spill Simmer Falter Wither, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She lives in West Cork.
Lisa McInerney is from Galway. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies has just won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 and was named as a 2015 book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post. Lisa’s short stories have featured in The Stinging Fly, on BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson, and Town and Country, edited by Kevin Barry