Evelyn Conlon is an Irish novelist and short story writer. She is an elected member of Aosdána, the Irish association which honours distinguished artistic work and has been writer-in-residence in colleges in many countries. A clear-sighted, observant and unsentimental thinker, her work is marked by originality and wit.
Her most recent novel, Not the Same Sky (2013), steps back in time to tell the story of three young women who were among the 4,000 orphaned Irish girls shipped to Australia following the Great Famine of 1847. Her previous novel, Skin of Dreams, which was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the year, dealt with the profundity of Capital Punishment, and brought her on to Death Row in the United States. Earlier novels, Stars in the Daytime and A Glassful of Letters, explore the social and political dilemmas which mould personalities, lives, loves and hates. She has also published three collections of short stories, which have been widely anthologised and translated.