Selection of Recent Short Fiction Publications

Collaborative Work

  • Duality (redfoxpress, 2019) Fiction and poetry with visual art by Margo McNulty Duality is available direct from redfoxpress or from Maynooth Bookshop 

On Collaboration & The Writing Life

Interviews about the craft of writing

Selection of Non-Fiction Writing

  • “Painting Pictures and Telling Tales:The Scholarly and Popular Portrayal of Patrick Pearse 1916- 1927” in Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (Eds) Years of Turbulence (Dublin, UCD Press, 2015)
  • On Desmond Hogan ‘The Art of Swimming in Winter’ Thresholds, UK
  • On Ireland Unread – Writer Dave Lordan asks about Irish writers unjustly unread

Long Fiction (Novels)


Extract from new novel When The October Wind Comes in Reading The Future (Arlen House: Dublin, 2017)


You can order Happiness Comes from Nowhere (Ward Wood: London, 2012) direct from the publishers, from your local bookshop, from your local library and from larger on-line sites.

Some Praise for Happiness Comes from Nowhere

  • ‘…a journey of discovery in this thoroughly enjoyable and refreshingly challenging debut novel.’ Sunday Independent
  • ‘Fresh and original…Shauna Gilligan is a name to watch.’The Irish Examiner
  • ‘A truly impressive debut from a writer of exceptional talent.’ Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
  • ‘Gilligan’s writing has something of the sensitivity and resonant sadness of William Trevor at his best’ Ryan Licata

A Selection of Press Reviews of Happiness Comes from Nowhere