Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian. Her stories are published internationally.  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 has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled, owing to this the majority of her writing is dictated.

In 2016, ‘K-K-K’ won the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2017; and is currently nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Lauren is from and lives in North County Dublin, her debut short fiction collection—Polluted Sex—was awarded a 2018 Artist’s Bursary from Fingal County Council. She has further been awarded a Varuna Fellowship, Tyrone Guthrie Residency, and Cill Rialaig Residency.

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.