Finuala Dowling

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Finuala Dowling’s first poetry collection, I FLYING, won South Africa’s prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize.  Her second collection, DOO-WOP GIRLS OF THE UNIVERSE was joint winner of the Sanlam Prize for poetry, and her third, NOTES FROM THE DEMENTIA WARD, won the Olive Schreiner Prize. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in several anthologies. She has also written plays and won the Spier/PANSA Audience Award.  She is a brilliant performer and has read at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK and at all South Africa’s major literary festivals.

Her first novel was WHAT POETS NEED, followed by FLYLEAF. HOME-MAKING FOR THE DOWN-AT-HEART won the M-Net Prize 2012 and was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize in the same year. Her novel THE FETCH won the 2016 Herman Charles Bosman prize for English fiction.

She has an M.A. from the University of Cape Town and a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa. Formerly an English lecturer, she is now a full-time writer and freelance poetry teacher. She lives in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, with her daughter.

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HOMEMAKING FOR THE DOWN-AT-HEART Novel, 256 pages Kwela Books (SA) - May 2011 Margot is a late-night talk radio host - the perfect job for an outspoken insomniac. Her Kalk Bay home is crowded with wonderfully evocative characters such as her teenage daughter, Pia, her hopelessly romantic yet mostly absent lover Curtis, and the family hanger-on, Mr Morland, a professional psychic.    

HOMEMAKING FOR THE DOWN-AT-HEART

Novel, 256 pages
Kwela Books (SA) - May 2011

Margot is a late-night talk radio host - the perfect job for an outspoken insomniac. Her Kalk Bay home is crowded with wonderfully evocative characters such as her teenage daughter, Pia, her hopelessly romantic yet mostly absent lover Curtis, and the family hanger-on, Mr Morland, a professional psychic.  

 

DOO-WOP GIRLS OF THE UNIVERSE 80 pages Penguin Books SA, January 2006 Poetry collection.

DOO-WOP GIRLS OF THE UNIVERSE

80 pages
Penguin Books SA, January 2006

Poetry collection.