Photograph of Denyse Woods leaning on a rock at Dunworley Beach Photo Denis Boyle

Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is an Irish novelist, based in Cork. 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.

Her first novel Overnight to Innsbruck (Lilliput Press) was published in 2002 to rave reviews. Her second novel, The Catalpa Tree (Penguin Ireland), was a bestseller in Ireland and the U.K.. Other novels include Like Nowhere ElseHopscotch and If Not Now… . Denyse is the recipient of a Literature Bursary and an Arts Travel Grant by the Arts Council of Ireland, as well as Artist’s Grants from Cork County Council. She has been awarded artists’ residencies by Shanghai Writers’ Association & Munster Literature Centre, Zvona I Nari in Liznjan, Croatia, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Between 2009 and 2013, Denyse was the Artistic Director of the West Cork Literary Festival, a position which combined two of her great loves: organizing and books!

In 2016, as the winner of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, Denyse was offered the extraordinary opportunity to write in Ernest Hemingway’s Studio in Key West, Florida. She was the first author to do so since Hemingway himself.


Indian Pacific and other travels – a short collection of travel tales (Kobo)
Creative Writing Facilitator, Cork Country Council Arts & Library Service: Online Fiction Courses.
Creative Writing Tutor, Mallow College Night School (ongoing since 2017)

Writer in Residence, Cork County Council Library & Arts Service

Of Sea and Sand published by Hoopoe Fiction

Writer in Residence Cork County Council Library & Arts Service

Residency in Hemingway’s Studio, Hemingway Home, Key West, Florida.
Wallpaper wins the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Award, run in conjunction with Hemingway Home & Museum and The Studios Key West.

Residency at Zvona i Nari, Liznjan, Croatia
Artist in Residence, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Rue des Irlandais, Paris.

Residency with Shanghai Writers’ Association, Shanghai, in association with Munster Literature Centre, Cork.

2009 to 2013
Artistic Director, West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Co. Cork
Tutor, Country House Writers’ Weekends, Askeaton, Limerick

If Not Now … by Denyse Devlin (Penguin Ireland)

Hopscotch by Denyse Devlin (Penguin Ireland)

Like Nowhere Else by Denyse Woods  (Penguin Ireland)
Irishwomen to Yemen Project: Conceived, organized and led a tour to Yemen for Irish writers and artists to meet their Yemeni counterparts.

The Catalpa Tree by Denyse Devlin (Penguin Ireland)

Overnight to Innsbruck (Lilliput Press)

Indian Pacific wins Irish Times Short Story Competition