Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories, Liar Liar (Wordsonthestreet, 2009) and Psychotic Episodes (Arlen House, 2013), both of which were nominated for the Frank O’Connor Award. Early in 2014, his radio play, ‘Oscar Night’, was produced and broadcast as part of RTE’s Drama on One season. He is also a contributor to the anthology Young Irelanders (ed. Dave Lordan, New Island, 2015).
Alan has contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America including The Adirondack Review, The Valparaiso Fiction Review, Natural Bridge, Grain, Prairie Fire, Southword, The Stinging Fly and The Penny Dreadful. He has received awards for his work from the Professional Artists’ Retreat in Yaddo (New York), the Fundación Valparaiso (Spain), the Banff Centre for Creativity (Canada) and the Arts Council of Ireland. He lives in Galway. This is his first novel.