Eilis Ni Dhuibhne was born in Dublin. She is a novelist, short story writer and playwright in both Irish and English. Her fiction includes The Dancers Dancing (1999), The Bray House (1990), Fox Swallow Scarecrow (2007) and The Shelter of Neighbours (2012), Hurlamaboc (2009) and several other books. She has published six collections of short stories, and her short stories appear in many anthologies. Her latest book is Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017).
Eilis has won many awards for her work, including the Stewart Parker Award for Drama, Bisto Book of the Year`Award, several Oireachtas awards for play and novels, and a shortlisting for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She received the Irish Pen Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature in 2015, and a Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.
She has been Writer Fellow at Trinity College and for many years at University College Dublin. She is a member of Aosdána.