Ian Wild

Shortlisted in 2011 for Short Story Writing

A writer with many strings to his bow, Ian Wild has worked as a composer, theatre director, scriptwriter and community arts project director – where he did everything from writing opera to building a 3-D sign for a Sikh temple.

After returning to his native Ireland in 1990 from the UK, Ian turned his attention to the short story form, where he fell into writing comedic magic realism. The voice he had created through scriptwriting worked well with short stories, where the ability to write compressed dramatic narratives proved to be an advantage. His short stories went on to be published in a number of magazines, and his first collection, The Woman Who Swallowed the Book of Kells, was published in 2000. His short story Ten Pint Ted won The Fish International Short Story Prize in 2009 and was published in the Fish Anthology.

Since then he has written a trilogy of plays as well as many children’s short stories for broadcast on RTE radio.