Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1974, and is the author of three short story collections: ‘In Exile’ (2008) and ‘In Too Deep’ (2009), both published by Mercier Press, and ‘The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind’ (2013) published by New Island Books, which won a Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award and which is forthcoming in a Chinese translation from CITIC Press in the summer of 2017.
He has also compiled a non-fiction book, entitled: ‘Learning from the Greats: Lessons on Writing, from the Great Writers’, which was published, in April 2014, by Cork City Libraries as part of their Occasional Series.
His first novel, ‘The Dead House’, will be published by Brandon Books, an imprint of O’Brien Press, in May 2017, and later in the year a novella, ‘A Death in the Family’, will appear as a Ploughshares Solo.
A recipient of the 2013 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year, and a 2010 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award for Literature, his story, ‘The Boatman’ was recently shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Short Story Award. He has won and been shortlisted for numerous other honours, including the George A. Birmingham Award, the Lunch Hour Stories Prize, the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, the Sean O’Faolain Award, the RTE Radio 1 Francis MacManus Award, the Faulkner/Wisdom Award, the Glimmer Train Prize and the Writing Spirit Award. He was also short-listed four times for the RTÉ Radio 1 P.J. O’Connor Award for Drama. He also served as the 2016 Writer-in-Residence for the Cork County Libraries.
His stories have been broadcast nationally on RTÉ Radio’s ‘The Book on One’, Sunday Miscellany and the Francis MacManus Awards series, and have appeared in more than 100 magazines and literary journals around the world, including: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Bliza, the Chattahoochee Review, Confrontation, the Emerson Review, the Fiddlehead, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Los Angeles Review, the Kenyon Review, the Kyoto Journal, the London Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Per Contra, Salamander, Southeast Review, Southword, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Versal, & Yuan Yang – a journal of Hong Kong and International Writing.
‘O’Callaghan writes evocatively of a way of life that has become memory rather than reality… He demonstrates an affinity with people and place which is tender, but never trite, and invariably rewards the reader with a surprising twist.’ – The Irish Times