Visiting Writer Fellow 2013
Chris Binchy was born in 1970. He graduated from TCD's M.Phil in Creative Writing in 1998 and has since published four novels - The Very Man (shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year in 2003), People Like Us, Open-handed and Five Days Apart . He lives in Dublin .
Irish Writer Fellow 2014
Declan Hughes was born in Dublin. He took a BA in English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He co-founded Rough Magic Theatre Company in 1984, and was Artistic Director until 1992. He directed many of the company's early productions, including Talbot's Box, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Woman in White (also adapted), Road, The Silver Tassie, Tea and Sex and Shakespeare and Our Country's Good.
His first play, I Can't Get Started , won the Stewart Parker Award in 1991. Love and a Bottle (after Farquhar) and Digging For Fire won a Time Out Theatre Award in 1993. His other plays include Halloween Night (Donmar Warehouse, 1997); Twenty Grand (Peacock Theatre, 1998); Tartuffe (after Moliere) (Abbey Theatre, 2000); and Shiver (Project, 2003). Declan was writer in residence with Rough Magic until 2000, and was writer in association with the Abbey Theatre in 2004. His most recent play was The Last Summer (Gate Theatre, 2012).
In 2006, Declan published his first novel. The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best First PI novel, and the Le Point Magazine prize for best European Crime Novel. His other novels include The Colour of Blood ; The Dying Breed (US title The Price of Blood ); All The Dead Voices ; and City of Lost Girls. His fiction has been nominated for many awards, including the Edgar, CWA Dagger, Shamus, Macavity, Theakston's and Irish Book Award.
His new novel, All The Things You Are , will be published in 2014.