Lauren Foley is Irish and Australian.
She read English and Geography at Aberystwyth. Then, TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury.
Lauren’s stories have been published internationally. 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 ‘BVB-417-820’.
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 was recently commended in the 10th Annual Johnathan Swift Creative Writing Awards.
‘417-BVB-820’ has just been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
Lauren has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), and lives in Skerries, County Dublin with her rescue Saluki-X: Caoimhe (‘Queeva’).
A CV of her writing achievements to date is available here.