About

First novel, GENERATION, will be published in July 2015 by John Murray Originals.

MFA in Creative Writing and MA on Edna O'Brien, University College, Dublin; BA Single Honour English Language and Literature, Trinity College, Dublin. 

Guest blogger for Dublin Writers Festival 2014.

Publications:

short story forthcoming Gorse No. 3, 2015
short story Surge: New Writing From Ireland, O'Brien Press, Oct 2014
flash Insomnia Dublin Writers Festival Blog (March 2014)
short story Tulips Necessary Fiction (March 2014)
flash You Weren't Here in http://oneimage-onehundredvoices.com/ (Dec 2013)
review Paradises, by Ioso Havilio, gorse.ie (Dec 2013)
review Bess, by Daphne Gottlieb, Necessary Fiction (Nov 2013)
review Entertaining StrangersNecessary Fiction (June 2013) 
short story Angel-headed Hipsters ROPES Galway (April 2013, launched at CĂșirt)
review Saltwater, by Lane Ashfeltd, Necessary Fiction (March 2013)
memoir Trying to Get Myself Raped and Murdered Mslexia Issue 57 (March 2013) 
review-essay The Influence of Edna O'Brien, Eclectica,  (Jan 2013)
short story Yehudit Eclectica
review Exploding the Creativity Myth by Tony Veale, drb, (Jan 2013)
short story Auslanders in The Ofi Press, (November 2012)
short story Tea and Semantics in The Toucan Online, Issue 17 (July 2012)
novel excerpt Michaelangelos in Faber Academy Anthology, (2012)

Competitions:
Short listed Maeve Binchy Travel Award 2014
Longlisted Penguin/RTE Guide Sort Story Competition 2013
Shortlisted RTE Arena New Planet Cabaret, May 2013

Teaching:
Undergraduate Creative Writing, University College, Dublin
Beginning to Write course, Big Smoke Writing Factory
Designed and teach online Revising and Editing module for Big Smoke Writing Factory
Beginning To Write, Developing your Fiction, Revising and Editing online modules for Big Smoke Writing Factory

Conference Presentations:
'When Is The Story No Longer A Short Story?' 13th International Conference On The Short Story In English, Vienna, July 2014
'No one's from Chicago: Finding a balance between theory and praxis.' Emerging Perspectives, UCD English Graduate Society Conference, May 2014

News and Reviews:
'Yehudit by Paula McGrath achieves much in a short space, painting a devastating picture of loss through two generations of mothers who find in music the solace they could not find in life.' (Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times) Irish Times review of Surge

'From Ireland to Illinois, Paula McGrath's short novel, Generations (John Murray, July) delivers interlinked stories of multiple characters as they seek to rebuild their lives after loss.' (Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times) 2015 in Books

'Spanning generations and continents on an epic scale in a short space, Paula McGrath's ambitious, sensitive novel, Generations (JM Originals, July) has been compared to the Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan because of its similarly revolving points of view. McGrath is also a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at UCD and has had several short stories already published.' (Claire Coughlan, Irish Independent) Irish Independent Here Come the Girls



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