Caoilinn Hughes

India Downes-Le Guin

Caoilinn Hughes’ Orchid & the Wasp (Hogarth, 2018) was described by The New Yorker as “a winning début novel” and by the Sunday Times as a “highly ambitious fiction debut containing multitudes.” Tin House ran an interview with her about the novel here. Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet, 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award. A fellow of the James Merrill Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, Art Omi, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Hughes has received a Literature Bursary and Travel & Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Ireland Funds Monaco Award. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Granta, POETRY, Best British PoetryBest NZ Poems, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and recently held a 3-year Visiting Writer position at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.