Literary Programme 2017

Denyse Woods: Cork County Council Writer-in-Residence

Denyse Woods: Cork County Council Writer-in-Residence

Denyse Woods

Bantry Library

Fri 21 July 2017



Denyse Woods is writer-in-residence for Cork County Council Library & Arts Service and is working with writers groups in Bantry, Clonakilty, Cobh, Macroom and Charleville libraries over the course of this year. Join Denyse and writers from all five groups as they share their work with us today.

Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is the author of five novels, including the critically acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree, a bestseller in Ireland and the UK. Her other novels include Like Nowhere Else (Denyse Woods), Hopscotch and If Not Now… (Denyse Devlin). She has been awarded Artists’ Bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council, and writers’ residencies with Shanghai Writers’ Association, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris and Zvona i Nari Liznjan in Croatia, and, in 2016, as the winner of the Florida Flash Fiction Award, she was offered the extraordinary opportunity to spend two weeks writing in Ernest Hemingway’s studio in Key West. Denyse’s books have been translated into six languages. Her sixth novel, Into Temptation, will be published by Hoopoe Fiction in March 2018.

Denyse has also worked as an administrator in export, education and the arts – including her stint as Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival from 2009 to 2013. She regularly facilitates Creative Writing workshops.

Born in Boston in 1958, Denyse grew up in all sorts of places. Moving from one country to another on average every four years, she developed a lifelong habit – and love – of writing letters, which she believes was the best possible apprenticeship for a writer. She has two daughters and lives near Cork with her husband, William Merivale.


Denyse’s photo is by Mirte Slob