With the release of her debut novel The Butterfly Cabinet set for release in paperback, Bernie McGill is a literary talent from Portstewart, Northern Ireland. The town is the location of real-life events which inspired Ms. McGill’s novel.
Bernie McGill was born in Lavey in County Derry in Northern Ireland. She studied English and Italian at Queen’s University, Belfast and graduated with a Masters degree in Irish Writing. She has written for the theater (The Weather Watchers, The Haunting of Helena Blunden), short stories and a novel, The Butterfly Cabinet.
Her short fiction has been shortlisted for numerous awards and in 2008 she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Short Fiction Award in the US. She is a recent recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s inaugural ACES (Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme) Award in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.
She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family and works as a Creative Writing facilitator.