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Bernie McGill

Her latest novel, The Watch House, is set on Rathlin Island on the northern Irish coast in 1898, at the time of the Marconi wireless experiments.


Bernie’s writings have been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and the Netherlands. Her work has been well placed in the Seán Ó Faoláin, the Bridport, and the Michael McLaverty short story prizes and she won the Zoetrope: All-Story award in the US in 2008.

Born in Lavey, County Derry in Northern Ireland, Bernie studied English and Italian at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with a Masters degree in Irish Writing. She is a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s inaugural ACES (Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme) Award in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University. 

Bernie’s short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, all by New Island Books, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers.


A Creative Writing Facilitator, a Writer in Schools with Poetry Ireland, and a Professional Mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre, Bernie takes up a Fellowship with the Royal Literary Fund at Queen’s University in September 2018.

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