I have compiled a list and an individual profile of my top 50 living Irish writers. It is not a chart from 1-50 and just because they appear high in the list does not mean that I am showing preference. It is only a selection of my favourite Irish writers of today and my way of recognising their great talent, their painstaking work, and their contribution to the enjoyment of books and reading around the world.


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About Martina

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had ten books published. Her latest book is Truth & Dare.

Other books range from About Sisterland, set in the near future in a world ruled by women to The House Where It Happened, a ghost story inspired by Ireland’s only mass witchcraft trial in 1711, to Banksters, a co-authored account of the Irish banking collapse written with RTÉ’s David Murphy. In addition there’s Ship of Dreams, a novel about the Titanic – which is inspired by a family connection with the disaster – and a memoir, The Hollow Heart.

Martina started writing fiction after winning a Hennessy Literary Award for her first short story in 1996, and has won or been shortlisted for a variety of literary awards including the Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. (Read the story on the Publications page under Short Stories.)

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A former Fleet Street journalist, she writes weekly current affairs columns for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland columnist of the year.

Vice-chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre, she has a diploma in company direction from the Institute of Directors. She has also been writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

Martina has an MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin, where she is currently a PhD candidate researching the writers Somerville and Ross. She was born in Omagh and lives in Dublin.


Martina’s New Book


Leaders. Rebels. Pioneers. Short stories about some of Ireland’s trailblazing women by award-winning writer Martina Devlin.

In this collection we encounter Countess Markievicz back from the dead to cast a disapproving eye over modern Ireland, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington on hunger strike in prison, and Somerville and Ross discussing book business with their London agent Mr Pinker.

Others we meet include a range of activists Anna Parnell in a pawnshop, Belfast’s Mary Ann McCracken walking her brother to the scaffold, and Dr Kathleen Lynn locking horns with an archbishop.

Authentic and poignant, witty and revealing, Truth & Dare draws on true events to breathe life into an extraordinary cast of women.

Their times were out of step with them now their time has come