Writer-in-Residence 2015/16

Farmleigh are delighted to announce the appointment of Lia Mills as our Writer-in-residence for 2015/2016 season.

Lia Mills by Mark McCall

  • Picture courtesy Mark McCall

Lia will be organising many special events as part of her tenure at Farmleigh.

Lia Mills writes novels, short stories, essays and an occasional blog. Her first novel, Another Alice, was nominated for the Irish Times Irish Fiction Prize. Her second novel, Nothing Simple, was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year. In Your Face, a memoir of her diagnosis of and treatment for mouth cancer, was named as favourite book of the year by several commentators. In 2013 she co-edited Word of Mouth: Coping with & Surviving Mouth, Head and Neck Cancers with Denise MacCarthy.


Her third novel, Fallen, is set in Dublin 1914-1916. Fallen has been selected as the Dublin: One City One Book title for 2016. For the first time, Dublin has teamed up with Belfast for a ‘Two Cities One Book’ festival, a partnership between Dublin City Libraries and Libraries NI (the library authority of Northern Ireland).

Lia has worked on several Public Art Commissions and as an arts consultant. She teaches aspects of writing, most recently at the Irish Writers’ Centre and at UCD.

She blogs at http://libranwriter.wordpress.com/