Carol Farrelly is a fiction writer. She is currently working on a first novel and a short-story collection. Her novel was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2018. She has recently received The Bridge Awards Short Story Mentoring Award to support the writing of her short-story collection. In 2015, she was awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme and worked with Ross Raisin. She is also a previous recipient of the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the Sceptre Prize.
Her short stories have been widely published in journals such as Stand, Edinburgh Review, The Irish Times, New Writing Scotland and Popshot, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2013, her story ‘The Telephone Man’ won the international Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, Fish Prize, Asham Award, Aesthetica Prize and the RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award.
She holds a DPhil on Thomas Hardy’s fiction. He is forever and always her desert-island writer.