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Siobhán Mannion has won awards for short fiction and radio drama, and her stories and essays have appeared in Irish and international publications including Granta, Winter Papers, Banshee, Eighteen Bridges, Stand, The Moth, and The Long Gaze Back and Galway Stories: 2020 anthologies.

She has undertaken artist residencies in Ireland and abroad: at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan; the Heinrich Böll cottage, Achill, Co Mayo; and MacDowell in the US. She was the 2016 Wildcard Fellow at La Muse, France.

Her honours include the Hennessy First Fiction and New Irish Writer of the Year awards, and she is a recipient of a Literature Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland.

Siobhán was born in Ireland and grew up in Cambridge, England. Her family is from Clifden, Co Galway. She has a degree in English and French from Trinity College, and a Master's in Film from UCD.

She lives in Dublin, where she worked for many years as a radio producer in RTÉ on programmes including The Book on One; the Francis MacManus short story competition; Arena; The Reading List with John Kelly; William Trevor: A Celebration; the PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Awards; WB Yeats: Sex, Death and the State of the Nation; The Arts Show; The Dave Fanning Show and Rattlebag.

She is a Professional Member of the Irish Writers Centre, available for One-to-One Mentoring, and is currently completing work on a collection of stories.


‘Small Bones’, radio play commissioned for RTÉ Radio 1's Long Story Short season, performed by Kathy Rose O’Brien and produced by Kevin Brew, February 2021.   Winner of a Silver Medal for ‘Best Writing’ at the 2021 New York Festivals Radio Awards.

RTÉ Culture piece on 'Small Bones', February 2021.

‘Patterns’ featured in Episode 07 of Keywords, produced by Zoë Comyns and Regan Hutchins of New Normal Culture, broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 7 June, and RTÉ Radio 1, 14 August 2020.   Featuring music by Subject Is Five.

‘Topsoil’ in Miscellany 50: Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany, ed. Clíodhna Ní Anluain, published by New Island, September 2019.

Banshee ‘Best of 2016’ reading list, December 2016.

'Five Things Right Now', Granta online, July 2016.

'In Conversation' with Nuala O'Connor, Granta online, June 2016.

'One Beach, Two Bridges', essay in Eighteen Bridges magazine, Vol. 7, Winter 2013, ed. Curtis Gillespie.

'Twelve Writers Go On Record', International Record Store Day, Irish Writers Centre, Dublin, April 2013.

'The Big Picture', radio play commissioned for RTÉ Radio 1's Short Form Drama season, produced by Kevin Brew, December 2011.
Winner of the World Bronze Medal for 'Best Writing' at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards, April 2012.

'The Present' in The Clifden Anthology, marking 35 years of the Clifden Arts Week festival, September 2012, ed. Brendan Flynn.

'Peggy's House', radio essay for Sunday Miscellany broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, published in the book of the series (New Island), ed. Marie Heaney.


Hosting Writing from the West featuring Kevin Barry, Louise Kennedy and Una Mannion, at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, Tuesday 6 July 2021, as part of the Cairde Festival.

The Word, reading with Mary Costello, Sligo Central Library, Wednesday 26 February 2020.

Miscellany 50, a festival celebrating fifty years of the Sunday Miscellany radio series, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, December 2018. Broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Wednesday 7 August 2019.  Listen here.

RTÉ Radio 1 Arena special on The Long Gaze Back, celebrating the Dublin: One City, One Book festival, presented by Seán Rocks. With Anne Enright, Christine Dwyer Hickey, June Caldwell and editor Sinéad Gleeson. Monday 16 April 2018. Listen here.

A Feast of Female Voices from The Long Gaze Back, with June Caldwell, Mary Costello and Sinéad Gleeson, as part of the Dublin: One City, One Book festival, Pembroke Library, Dublin, Tuesday 10 April 2018.

Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Produced by Sarah Binchy. Broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 18 December 2016. Listen here.

Banshee launch readings, with Amy Blythe, Rachel Coventry, Katie McDermott, Rosamund Taylor and Adam Trodd, Books Upstairs, Dublin, October 2016.

Reading with Donal Ryan, Clifden Arts Week, Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co Galway, September 2016.

Granta 135: New Irish Writing, launch readings with Colin Barrett, Sara Baume, John Connell, Sally Rooney & William Wall, introduced by Sigrid Rausing, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, April 2016.

The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, readings & panel discussion with Christine Dwyer Hickey, Lisa McInerney & Sinéad Gleeson (chair), Ennis Book Club Festival, Co Clare, March 2016.

Silver Threads of Hope, readings & panel discussion with Sinéad Gleeson, Peter Murphy & Jim Carroll (chair), Banter at Other Voices, Dingle, Co Kerry, December 2012.

Silver Threads of Hope, panel discussion with Roddy Doyle, Declan Hughes & Sinéad Gleeson (chair), Dublin Book Festival, Smock Alley Theatre, November 2012.

Readings at Clifden Arts Week, Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co Galway, September 2012 & 2011.

Franco-Irish Literary Festival, Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year public interview with Ciaran Carty, Dublin Castle, April 2012.

Sunday Miscellany Live with readers Denise Blake, Geraldine Mills, Mary O'Malley, Gerard Smyth and Bill Whelan, music performed by Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, Morgan Crowley, Bill Whelan, John O'Conor, Fiachra O'Regan, Marie Walsh, John Gerard Walsh, Emma Kane and Plunkett O'Toole, produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain, Clifden Arts Week, Station House Theatre, September 2011.

Hennessy Literary Awards panel, readings with Eileen Casey, Aifric McGlinchey & Ciaran Carty (chair), Mindfield International Festival of Ideas, Merrion Square, Dublin, April 2011.


Siobhán is represented by Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander Associates

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