Meet the women powering a new wave of Northern Irish writing

A rising crop of authors is making an impact with a more diverse and nuanced approach than the masculine narratives that dominated books about the Troubles and life in the North

Northern Irish author Michelle Gallen in Dublin. Picture by Arthur Carron

Niamh Donnelly

Here’s a sweeping statement: the Northern Wave is upon us. Jan Carson, Lucy Caldwell, Wendy Erskine, Louise Kennedy, Michelle Gallen, Sue Divin, Tish Delaney, Bernie McGill, Laura McVeigh, Sharon Dempsey, Kelly Creighton, Hannah King, Olivia Fitzsimons —there’s a crop of Northern Irish authors taking the literary world by storm.