Awards & Readings


  • 2023 Brigid 1500 Arts and Creativity Grant (Kildare County Council)
  • 2022 Arts Act Grant (Kildare County Council)
  • 2021 Creative Ireland Bursary Award (Kildare County Council)
  • 2018 Arts Act Grant (Kildare County Council)
  • 2016/2017 Community Writer in Residence at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in conjunction with The Irish Writers’ Centre and Dublin City Council
  • 2017 Fiction placed second in the Dromineer International Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition
  • 2016 Flash fiction long-listed in the Fish Flash Fiction Competition
  • 2016 Short story long-listed in the Bath Short Story Award
  • 2015 Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award: Emerging Writers (Kildare County Council)
  • 2015 Arts Act Grant (Kildare County Council)
  • 2013 Travel Grant to perform work (Culture Ireland)
  • 2012 Short story placed third in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Competition
  • 2012 Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Bursary Award (Kildare County Council)

Public Readings and Appearances

Shauna has read from her work and/or facilitated workshops and masterclasses at  events both sides of the Atlantic including:

  • Strokestown International Poetry Festival (2022, Roscommon)
  • The Dromineer Literary Festival (2017, Tipperary)
  • The Write Time Festival (2017 and 2018, Dublin)
  • The Red Line Book Festival (2013, Dublin)
  • London Irish Centre (2013, London, UK)
  • The West Cork Literary Festival (2012, Cork)
  • Chapter Arts Centre (2012, Cardiff, UK)
  • Vanderbilt University (2010, Nashville, USA)
  • AWP (2010, Denver, USA)

A Selection of Recorded Readings

A Selection of Interviews with Shauna

  • Niamh Boyce discusses juggling life and writing
  • Mel Ulm discusses Irishness, loneliness and suicide
  • Nuala Ní Chonchúir discusses work, motherhood and the creative life
  • Vanessa Gebbie discusses structure, narrative and characterisation and asks Shauna if she could have a painting of one scene from the novel, which would she choose?