Awards, Readings, and Facilitation


  • Jan 2018: Clane – Scoil Mhuire Monday mornings or Tuesday evenings (10 week course) and Tallaght County Library for 7 weeks of creative writing on Wednesday evenings.
  • Feb 2018: Join me in Lucan Library for two workshops – one for children and one for teenagers.
  • All my winter and spring workshops are now booked out.


  • 2016 – 2017 Community Writer in Residence in the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in conjunction with The Irish Writers’ Centre (Dublin City Council)
  • 2017 Short Fiction placed second in the Dromineer International Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition
  • 2016 Flash fiction long-listed in the Fish Flash Fiction Competition
  • 2016 Short story long-listed in the Bath Short Story Award
  • 2015 Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award: Emerging Writers (Kildare County Council)
  • 2015 Arts Act Grant (Kildare County Council)
  • 2013 Travel Grant to perform work (Culture Ireland)
  • 2012 Short story placed third in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition
  • 2012 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Bursary Award (Kildare County Council)

Public Readings and Appearances

Shauna has read from her work and/or facilitated workshops at many events both sides of the Atlantic including:

  • The West Cork Literary Festival (2012, Cork)
  • The Dromineer Literary Festival (2017, Tipperary)
  • The Red Line Book Festival (2013, Dublin)
  • The Write Time Festival (2017, Dublin)
  • London Irish Centre (2013, London, UK)
  • Chapter Arts Centre (2012, Cardiff, UK)
  • Vanderbilt University (2010, Nashville, USA)
  • AWP (2010, Denver, USA)

Some Recordings of Shauna’s Writing

A Selection of Interviews with Shauna Gilligan

  • Niamh Boyce discusses juggling life and writing
  • Mel Ulm discusses Irishness, loneliness and suicide
  • Nuala Ní Chonchúir discusses juggling work, motherhood and the creative life
  • Vanessa Gebbie discusses structure, narrative and characterisation and asks Shauna if she could have a painting of one scene from the novel, which would she choose?
  • Sue Guiney asks about titles and the sense of place in Happiness Comes from Nowhere.