Martine McDonagh


Martine McDonagh writes accessible literary fiction. Her latest novel, Narcissism for Beginners, was longlisted for the 2017 Guardian Not The Booker Prize. Her first novel, I have waited, and you have come, set in Dunham Massey, Cheshire is now in its third edition. Her novels have been reviewed in The Guardian, The Big Issue, Red and elsewhere. Martine has also published short fiction in Quick Fictions, The Brighton Book, The Cheeky Guide to Walks in Sussex and the Illustrated Brighton Moment. Her features on Writing Dystopia and Writing Away From Home were published in Writing magazine. Until 2014, Martine worked for many years as an artist manager in the music industry, managing bands such as James and Fujiya & Miyagi, among others. In 2015, she devised, and now runs the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation in Sussex. She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.


Twitter: @MartineM_Writer


Literary Fiction

Publications & Performance History

Narcissm for BeginnersSeptember 2018 – Narcissism for Beginners paperback publication; July 2018 – Narcissism for Beginners published by HarperCollins Germany; August 2017 – Longlisted for Guardian Not The Booker Prize; March 2017 – Narcissism for Beginners, novel, published by Unbound; February 2013 - After Phoenix, novel, published by Ten To Ten Publishing; June 2012 - The Worst of All Worlds, feature, published in Writing Magazine; March 2012 - Contributor to Cheeky Guides Themed Walks in Sussex; January 2012 - Fished Out Bather, short story, published by Quick Fictions; November 2010 - Arts Council of England Award for novel The People Upstairs, novel; May 2008 - Home Thoughts From Abroad, short story, The Illustrated Brighton Moment; June 2006 - Project Manager to Mapping India's Children for UNICEF/Myriad Editions; 2006, 2008 - Editor, The State of the Middle East by Dan Smith (Earthscan/University of California Press); May 2005 - Contributor to The Brighton Book (Myriad Editions); 2004 - Arts Council of England Award to write After Phoenix

Workshop & Reading Experience

Martine has wide experience of and enjoys hosting and participating in events of all kinds: author talks, panel discussions, working with reading groups, writing workshops, literary cabaret and salon.


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