William Wall is the author of six novels, five collections of poetry and three volumes of short fiction. His most recent publication is Smugglers In The Underground Hug Trade, a journal in poetic form of the pandemic year of 2020. His next book, La Ballata Del Letto Vuoto, will appear first in Italian in June 2022.
William Wall was the 2021 winner of the Premio Lerici ‘AngloLiguria’; the 2021 winner of the Premio di Conza Poesia; the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature (USA).
He was the first Poet Laureate of Cork (2021-’22). He has also won The Patrick Kavanagh Award (Ireland) for poetry; the Doolin Prize for poetry (Ireland); the Virginia Faulkner Award (USA) and The Sean O’Faoláin Prize (Ireland) both for short fiction; and several Writer’s Week prizes (Ireland).
He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize (UK), The Poetry Now Awards (UK) and The Manchester Fiction Prize (UK). He was shortlisted for the MarEtica Prize (Italy), the Young Minds Book Award (UK), the Irish Book Awards, the Raymond Carver Award (USA), the Hennessy Award (Ireland) and numerous others. He has received Irish Arts Council Bursaries, travel grants from Culture Ireland and translations of his books have been funded by Ireland Literature Exchange. He has received public commissions. His 2005 book This Is The Country is under option for film.
He is not a member of Aosdána – if you’re wondering why, please read his essay ‘Riding Against The Lizard’ at the Icemoon (williamwall.net).
His work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Latvian, Macedonian, Serbian and Catalan. He was 2019 Writer In Residence at the Joyce Summer School in Trieste. He has a particular interest in Italy and he translates from Italian. In 2014 he was part of the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange which toured Italian cities. He was an Irish delegate to the European Writers’ Parliament in Istanbul 2010. For March 2010 he was Writer in Residence at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco. He was a 2009 Fellow of The Liguria Centre for the Arts & Humanities. He collaborated with artist Harry Moore to produce the Shadowlands exhibition and book in 2008.
He holds a PhD in creative writing from the School of English, University College Cork.
Born in Cork | Grew up in the coastal village of Whitegate | Educated at University College Cork | Degree in Philosophy & English
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