About


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Susan Stairs was born in London and has lived in Ireland since early childhood. She spent a large part of that childhood with either a book or a pencil in her hand and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t using her imagination in one form or another.

Words and pictures have always gone hand in hand: she studied at the National College of Art and Design and worked in the art business for many years, writing several books around the subject of Irish art; and she has a Masters in Creative Writing from University College Dublin.

In 2009, her short story ‘The Rescue’ was one of six shortlisted by US author Richard Ford for the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, and appears in the publication Davy Byrnes Stories (Stinging Fly Press).

Susan’s work has featured regularly on Sunday Miscellany (RTE Radio 1) and is included in Sunday Miscellany – A Selection 2008-2011 (New Island). She was awarded a Literature Bursary by The Arts Council of Ireland in 2010 and again in 2013. The Story of Before is her first novel.

She lives in Dublin with her husband and family.

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