Sandra Ireland, author.

I was born in England, lived for many years in Éire, and am now based in Angus, Scotland. In 2013, I was awarded a Carnegie-Cameron Scholarship to study for an Mlitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee. I graduated with distinction in 2014, and was that year’s joint recipient of the Gavin Wallace Memorial Prize.

I am represented by Jenny Brown, of Jenny Brown Associates

My debut novel Beneath the Skin was published by Polygon in September last year. It is a psychological thriller, dealing with themes of trauma and identity.

My work, both fiction and poetry, has appeared in various publications, such as New Writing Dundee,  Dundee Writes and ‘Furies’, an anthology of women’s poetry published by For Book’s Sake. I also write fiction for women’s magazines. In 2014, I won the Edinburgh International Science Festival Sci-ku competition, and the inaugural Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, which was adjudicated by Alexander McCall Smith.

I’ve just finished my second novel, The Bone Harp. Another darkly Gothic tale set  in an old watermill, this book is a contemporary telling of a old Scots legend. It asks the question, ‘Is a story ever just a story’? My protagonist Lucie is about to find out!