Carol Farrelly is a fiction writer. She is currently working on her first novel, This Starling Flock, and a short story collection.  This Starling Flock was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2018. In 2015, she was awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme and was mentored by the novelist Ross Raisin.  She is 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 StandEdinburgh Review, The Irish Times, New Writing Scotland and Lampeter Review, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2013, her story ‘The Telephone Man’ won the international Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize. She has also 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 still her desert-island writer.