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Susan E. Connolly

Susan E. Connolly is an Irish writer who works in a broad range of formats, including comics, screenwriting, short fiction, novels, and non-fiction. Her first novel, the children’s fantasy Damsel, was published by Mercier Press in 2009. Susan’s children’s pilot Monster’s Bite was the winner of the BBC’s Scriptroom 7. She was one of eight entrants selected for the 2018 FrightFest New Blood Workshop with mentors Jack Tarling, Barbara Crampton, Jenn Wexler and Giles Edwards. In 2019, Susan received an Emerging Artist Bursary from Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council.

Susan holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a higher diploma in Statistics from University College Dublin, and recently submitted her PhD with the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge, where she was a student of St John’s College. Susan is available for in-depth discussions on the biology of mythical animals, though may go into excessive detail on why gryphons are the worst-designed of all mythological creatures. At one point, she was the highest-ranked competitive debater in Ireland, so if you are pro-gryphon, be aware that you will likely lose this argument.

Susan is from Ireland, near the mountains. Also near the sea. Also near the forest (Ireland is a small country).