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William Wall

William Wall

William Wall is the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature.

He has also won the Doolin Prize for poetry,  Virginia Faulkner Award, The Sean O’Faoláin Prize, several Writer’s Week prizes and The Patrick Kavanagh Award.

He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and The Manchester Fiction Prize. He was shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Award, the Irish Book Awards, the Raymond Carver Award, the Hennessy Award and numerous others. He has received Irish Arts Council Bursaries, travel grants from Culture Ireland and translations of his books have been funded by Ireland Literature Exchange. He has received public commissions.

His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Latvian, Serbian and Catalan. He has a particular interest in Italy and has read at several festivals there including the Tratti Festival at Faenza, the Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Genova and at the Pordenone Legge festival near Venice. He translates from Italian. He has co-presented workshops in translation. In 2014 he was part of the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange  which gave readings at various places in Italy, including Sant Agata de Goti, Rome, Lugo di Romagna and Bologna.  William Wall was an Irish delegate to the European Writers’ Parliament in Istanbul 2010. For March 2010 he was Writer in Residence at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. He was a 2009 Fellow of The Liguria Centre for the Arts & Humanities. He collaborated with artist Harry Moore to produce the Shadowlands exhibition and book in 2008.

He holds a PhD in creative writing from the School of English, University College Cork, the first such doctorate ever awarded in Ireland.

William Wall is represent by Robert Caskie, Caskie Mushens Agency.


Suzy Suzy (New Island, Dublin and Head of Zeus, London, April 2019)

Grace's Day (New Island, Dublin and Head of Zeus, London, August 2018)

This Is The Country (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2005)

The Map of Tenderness (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2002)

Minding Children (Hodder/Sceptre, London, 2001)

Alice Falling (Hodder/Sceptre, London/WW Norton, New York, 2000)

Poetry Collections

The Yellow House (Salmon Poetry, Clare, 2017)

Ghost Estate (Salmon Poetry, Clare, 2011)

Fahrenheit Says Nothing To Me (Dedalus, Dublin, 2004)

Mathematics & Other Poems (The Collins Press, Cork, 1997)

Short Stories

The Islands (Pittsburgh University Press, 2017)

Hearing Voices/Seeing Things (Doire Press, Galway, 2016)

No Paradiso  (Brandon Book, Dingle, Kerry, 2006)