William Wall was born in Cork in 1955.
His poetry collections are Mathematics & Other Poems* (Collins Press 1997), which won The Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Listowel Writers’ Week Collection Prize; Fahrenheit Says Nothing To Me (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 2004); Ghost Estate (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2011); and The Yellow House (Salmon Poetry, 2017).
As Bill Wall, he has published a children’s trilogy, The Powder Monkey – A 1798 Story (Cork, Mercier 1996); The Slave Coast (Mercier 1997); and The Cove of Cork (Mercier, 1998).
His stories have been published widely, including in the Phoenix Book of Irish Short Stories (London, Pheonix, 1998), and are collected as No Paradiso (Brandon / Mount Eagle, 2006); Hearing Voices Seeing Things (Inverin, Co Galway, Doire Press, 2016).
The Islands : Six Fictions (University of Pittsburg Press, 2017), was awarded the 2017 the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. He was the first European to be awarded the prize.
His novels for adults are Alice Falling (London, Sceptre, 2000/New York, Norton, 2000); Minding Children (Sceptre 2001); The Map of Tenderness (Sceptre, 2002); and This is the Country (Sceptre, 2005), which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.
He lives in Cork.