Lauren Foley is Irish and Australian. She read English and Geography at Aberystwyth. Then, TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury. She worked for many years as a university teacher in Ireland, the UK and Australia.

Lauren’s stories have been published internationally. She has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled; owing to this the majority of her writing is dictated.

Her first publication was the short story ‘Squiggly Arse Crack’ in the 2014 Margaret River Anthology, following its shortlisting for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. She won Highly Commended South Australian Entry in Lip Magazine’s 2014 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for ‘This One Time…’. She went on to be longlisted for the 2014 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award, shortlisted in 2015, and highly commended in 2016. Lauren was also shortlisted for the 2015 Overland Story Wine Prize with the creative non-fiction piece ‘417-BVB-820’.

In 2016, ‘K-K-K’ won first place in the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year. Lauren was further awarded a 2016 Varuna Residential Writer’s Fellowship by the Eleanor Dark Foundation, NSW.

She was shortlisted for the prestigious Irish Times/Hennessy Literary Awards, Emerging Fiction category, in 2017; and is currently nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Lauren is from and lives in North County Dublin, and her debut short fiction collection—Polluted Sex—has just been awarded a 2018 Artist’s Bursary from Fingal County Council. She is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of MMB Creative. A CV of her writing achievements to date is available here.

Gratuitous photos of Caoimhe (‘Queeva’)—her rescue Saluki-X—below.

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