Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian and in 2018 was awarded the Arts Council Next Generation Award for Literature. Her stories are published internationally. She read English and Geography at Aberystwyth. Then, studied postgraduates in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury. She worked for many years as a university teacher in Ireland, the UK, and Australia. Lauren has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled, owing to this the majority of her writing is dictated. Her short story,K-K-K, won the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year (2016). She was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year (2017); and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Lauren is from and lives in North County Dublin and is a Fingal Arts Funding awardee (2018). She has also been awarded a Varuna Fellowship, Tyrone Guthrie Residency, and Cill Rialaig Residency.