Belinda McKeon was born in Longford in 1979.
Her novels are Solace (London, Picador/New York, Scribner, 2011), which won the 2011 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year prize at the Irish Book Awards, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2012; and Tender (Picador, 2015).
Her plays are Drapes ([part of a trail of short, site-specific new plays performed throughout Temple Bar] Dublin, Fishamble Theatre Company, 2006); Love 2.0 (Dublin, thisispopbaby, in association with The Abbey Theatre, Project Theatre, 2008); and Fugue (New York, 59E59 Theaters, as part of Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish Festival, 2009).
Drapes was published in the anthology Fishamble Firsts (Dublin, New Island Books, 2008).
From 2007 to 2011, she was curator of DLR Poetry Now, Ireland’s biggest poetry festival. She has also curated the annual Theatre Forum conference, a gathering of Irish and international performing arts professionals, and the IAC PoetryFest, a new festival of contemporary Irish poetry which took place at the Irish Arts Center in New York.
She writes regularly about the arts for The Irish Times, and has written for The Paris Review, Irish Pages, Irish Theatre Magazine, The Dublin Review, Irish University Review, Magill and Circa. She’s a frequent contributor to RTE radio and television, chiefly to The Arts Show and The View.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York.