An Honours graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University, Angela practised architecture in Ireland / UK, taught part-time at University College Dublin and wrote about home design in interiors magazines.
At the age of 6 or 7, with a passion for reading books, Angela thought it likely she would be a writer someday; in her 30’s, she realised, for this to happen, she would also have to start.
She began taking creative writing classes at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin, in 2007 – later, focusing on poetry under the tutelage of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill – and has, since then, created a body of written work, primarily short fiction and poetry.
Her writing is published or forthcoming in Mslexia, Abridged, Bare Fiction, The Pickled Body, Poetry24, Wordlegs and The Bogman’s Cannon – read examples of Angela’s poetry and short fiction here – and has steadily been building a reputation with commendations in a number of Irish & UK literary competitions.
In 2013, she received a Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition, judged by Joseph Woods, poet and former Director of Poetry Ireland.
In 2014, she was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series and read at the Dublin Writers’ Festival on 21 May, won the Allingham Poetry Competition and published her debut poetry collection, ‘How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life‘.
Praise for How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life:
‘born of unbearable reality… The Dáil should pass legislation forcing the banks to give every applicant for a mortgage a copy of this book.’
‘Mature, visceral work – full of vulnerability, devoid of self-pity… made timeless by its berry-plump language and potent imagery… Get lost in this book.’
‘…a beautifully-wrought collection, one a reader will want to return to both for its melancholy music and its fiery spirit.’