Denyse Woods, who has also written as Denyse Devlin, is an Irish novelist. She has published five novels, including the critically acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and The Catalpa Tree, a bestseller in Ireland and the U.K.. Her other novels include Like Nowhere Else, Hopscotch and If Not Now …. She has been awarded Artists’ Bursaries by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council, and writers’ residencies in Shanghai, Paris and Pula. In 2016, as the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, she was offered the extraordinary opportunity to spend two weeks writing in Ernest Hemingway’s studio in Key West – the first author to do so since Hemingway himself. Her books have been translated into six languages.
Denyse has also worked as an arts administrator, including her role as Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival from 2009 to 2013.
As Cork County Council’s Library & Arts Service Writer in Residence 2017, Denyse is currently mentoring writing groups in five appointed libraries around County Cork. She regularly facilitates Creative Writing workshops and offers manuscript evaluation to aspiring authors.
Born in Boston, Denyse grew up in all sorts of places. Moving from one country to another on average every four years, she developed a lifelong habit and love of writing letters, which proved an excellent apprenticeship for a writer.
Of Sea and Sand, her sixth novel, will be published by Hoopoe Fiction in Spring 2018 and, with Overnight to Innsbruck and Like Nowhere Else …, completes a trilogy of novels set in the Arab world.