Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is an academic and a novelist, and currently teaches on MA in Creative Writing working in collaboration with Joseph O'Connor, Donal Ryan, Martin Dyar, Carrie Griffin and others.
Her first novel, Back to Blackbrick was published in 2013. A stage version was presented at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End. Her second novel, The Apple Tart of Hope, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the CBI Book of the Year Award and received a Kirkus star having been published in the USA in 2015. Sarah is also winner of the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre’s Jack Harte Award and has been shortlisted for several other literary prizes. An advocate of literacy and reading for pleasure as a key to learning and wellbeing, Sarah is currently Patron of Reading for Larbert High School in Scotland. Described as 'one of Ireland's most interesting children's writers,' Sarah's third novel, 'A Very Good Chance' will soon be followed by her fourth 'The List of Real Things,' which publishes this March. Her fiction has been translated into over fifteen different languages, including Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, Norwegian and Galician.
She holds an award for excellence in teaching, and has worked to develop a particular focus on fostering strategies for self-aware writing habits and on ways of making space and time to write. As a full time academic and parent of teenagers she writes fiction only under cover of darkness and she loves to support emerging writers sharing key ideas on how to manage time for creative writing in the context of a busy life.