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Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is an Irish novelist. Of Sea and Sand, her sixth novel, is published by Hoopoe Fiction (American University of Cairo Press) and is out now. Set against the stunning landscapes of Oman, the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland, and war-time Baghdad, this is a story of remorse, exile, love and the unseen.

Denyse’s other novels include the critically-acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and Irish bestseller The Catalpa Tree. Her books have been translated into six languages.

In 2016, as the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, DenyDenyse Woods2se spent two weeks writing in Ernest Hemingway’s studio in Key West – the first author to do so since Hemingway himself. She has also been awarded residencies by the Shanghai Writers’ Association (with Munster Literature Centre); the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, and Zvona i Nari, Liznjan, Croatia. She is the recipient of an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary, an Arts Council of Ireland Travel Grant, and two Cork County Council Artists’ Grants. Denyse was Writer in Residence 2017 at Cork County Council’s Library Service and is currently Creative Writing tutor at Mallow College. She is a former Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival.

Born in Boston, Denyse had a peripatetic childhood. Moving from one country to another gave her a lifelong habit, and love, of writing letters, which proved an excellent apprenticeship for a novelist.


‘A real treat … I read it in one setting, holding my breath, such is Woods’ skill in building up tension.’ SPECTATOR  on Overnight to Innsbruck

‘Devlin shares Anne Tyler’s knack [with] imagery that feels effortless and familiar and wondrously vivid all at once.’ IMAGE Magazine on The Catalpa Tree

‘Evocative, painful, beautiful and haunting. Truly an extraordinary novel.’ Evening Herald on The Catalpa Tree