Donal Ryan was born outside Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first novel, The Spinning Heart, was rejected by numerous publishers before finally being published in 2012 by the Lilliput Press. It met wide critical acclaim, has been translated into over a dozen languages and went on to win numerous awards including Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards (2012), The Guardian First Book Award (2013), and the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland, 2015). Ryan’s second novel, The Thing About December, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.
Siobhán Mannion was born in Ireland, and grew up in Cambridge, England. Her mother was from Ballyconneely, and her father is from Clifden. She has published short fiction in Ireland and abroad, most recently in Granta, and The Long Gaze Back anthology. She is a recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and the Hennessy Award. She works as a radio producer in RTÉ, and is currently completing a first collection of stories.