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.. Her other novels include Like Nowhere Else, a novel set in Yemen, Hopscotch 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, in conjunction with 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 work there since Hemingway himself.

Denyse is represented by the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Dublin  Tel: +353 01 2803482 email:

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