Lauren Foley (she/her) is Irish/Australian. Lauren is bisexual. She also has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled and chronically ill; owing to this the majority of her writing is dictated.

Her stories are published internationally. Credits include: Overland, Award Winning Australian Writing, Lighthouse, gorse, No Alibis and The Cormorant.

She worked for many years as a university teacher in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Similarly, she is an experienced writing mentor and editor, creative and academic, with a passion for facilitating learning and disseminating knowledge.

‘K-K-K’ won the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal (2015) and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year (2016). She was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year (2016-17) and nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2017-18).

She is the recipient of two Varuna Fellowships, two Tyrone Guthrie Residencies and a Cill Rialaig Residency.

Lauren is from and lives in North County Dublin, she has been awarded Artists’ Bursaries from The Arts Council of Ireland and Fingal County Council; including a prestigious €20,000 Next Generation Artist’s Award in Literature.

Her story—I Don’t—is published in The Art of The Glimpse, 100 Irish Short Stories selected by Sinéad Gleeson.

Lauren’s debut short story collection Polluted Sex is forthcoming with Influx Press in April 2022.

She is represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of MMB Creative.