Evelyn Conlon is one of Ireland’s most important writers. She was born in County Monaghan and lives in Dublin. She is the author of four novels and three short story collections. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated. She is also the editor of four anthologies, including Cutting the Night in Two; Short Stories by Irish Women Writers, and Later On: The Monaghan Bombing Memorial Anthology, which became a centrepiece for a lecture series The Language of War at the University of Bologna. The title story of her first collection, Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour, has been performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, her radio essays are heard frequently on national radio, and she teaches writing on Carlow University, Pittsburgh’s MFA Writing Program. She is a member of Aosdána.