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 a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Lauren is from and lives in North County Dublin, her debut short fiction collection—Polluted Sex—was awarded an Artist’s Bursary from Fingal County Council. She has further been awarded a Varuna Fellowship, Tyrone Guthrie Residency, and Cill Rialaig Residency.
The Arts Council of Ireland have just awarded Lauren with a 2018 Next Generation Artist’s Award in Literature.
Gratuitous photos of Caoimhe (‘Queeva’)—her rescue Saluki-X—below.