Trevor Byrne was born in Dublin in 1981. He attended Trinity College Dublin, where he studied Ancient History and Classical Civilisations, before transferring to the University of Glamorgan, where he studied for a degree in English and Mphil in Writing. During his time at Glamorgan, Byrne was awarded the Alison Waite Memorial Prize for Writing and the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Between 2006 and 2009, Byrne lectured in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Since then, he has led Creative Writing workshops at The Irish Writers' Centre, the Faber Academy in London, and with Roddy Doyle at Fighting Words in Dublin. He has read at many prestigious literary events and festivals, including the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, where he discussed the current and future roles of storytelling and narrative in computer games.
Byrne was awarded a bursary from the Irish Arts Council while working on his debut novel, Ghosts and Lightning, which was published in Ireland, the UK and Commonwealth by Canongate in 2009 to international critical acclaim, and was selected as a Book of the Year by The Guardian and The Irish Times. In 2010, Ghosts and Lightning was published in the US and Canada by Doubleday.
In June 2011 Byrne was shortlisted for the William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize, and in conjunction with Collinstown Park Community College, co-founded Ink Links, an ongoing Creative Writing project for children and adults in Clondalkin, his home town.
Byrne is currently nearing completion of his second novel and a collection of short stories, for which he has again been awarded a bursary from the Irish Arts Council. He was Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing in 2012, and in 2013, will be an Artist in Residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
He is represented by Karolina Sutton of Curtis Brown.
Hyland & Byrne: The Editing Firm
Authors Trevor Byrne and MJ Hyland (How the Light Gets In, Carry Me Down, This Is How) offer expert editing, manuscript appraisal, mentoring and more. Visit www.editingfirm.com or click Hyland & Byrne Editing Firm for more information.
Know the rules (so you can break them)
Trevor is among the contributors to The No Rules Handbook for Writers, by Lisa Goldman. "The No Rules Handbook for Writers is a timely, creative and refreshing antidote to prescriptive guides for writers. It will inspire playwrights, screenwriters and novelists; offer fresh insights to teachers, editors, dramaturgs, directors and producers."
National Flash Fiction Day
Trevor's story, 'Missing', is collected in Jawbreakers, an anthology of flash fictions gathered together for National Flash Fiction Day 2012. The anthology includes stories by Ian Rankin, Ali Smith, Jenn Ashworth and many others.
'Mad For the Rain' in the Dublin Review
Trevor's short story 'Mad For the Rain', which was shortlisted for the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize, is published in the Dublin Review.
In ABOUT TREVOR, you can read Trevor's biography ('Loss and Longing and the Oddness of Things'), and a list of his literary influences.
In EVENTS, you can read about Trevor's past and upcoming readings, discussions, masterclasses and more.
In LINKS, you can read Trevor's online interviews and non-fiction, as well as check out links to some of Trevor's favourite sites.