Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had ten books published. Her most recent book is Truth & Dare. Her play, What Would The Countess Say?, was performed in various Dublin venues including the Mansion House at the Lord Mayor’s request.
Other books range from About Sisterland, set in the near future in a world ruled by women to The House Where It Happened, a ghost story inspired by Ireland’s only mass witchcraft trial in 1711, to Banksters, a co-authored account of the Irish banking collapse written with RTÉ’s David Murphy.
Martina started writing fiction after winning a Hennessy Literary Award for her first short story in 1996, and has won or been shortlisted for a variety of literary awards including the Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize. (Read the story on the Publications page under Short Stories.)
A former Fleet Street journalist, she writes weekly current affairs columns for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland columnist of the year. She frequently chairs literary and current affairs events and is a regular commentator on BBC and RTÉ.
Martina is a PhD candidate in Trinity College Dublin studying The Irish R.M. co-author Edith Somerville, where she was awarded the Pyle Bursary for her research. Other qualifications include an MPhil in literature and a diploma in board direction from the Institute of Directors.
She was born in Omagh and lives in Dublin.