Alannah Hopkin

Writer and journalist

New short story collection
or read some of my recent reviews


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Alannah Hopkin has published two novels, A Joke Goes a Long Way in the Country and The Out-haul (Hamish Hamilton, London) and her non-fiction books include Eating Scenery: West Cork, the People & the Place (The Collins Press, Cork). Her stories have appeared in the London Magazine and the Cork Literary Review, among others. She has written guides to Ireland for Fodor’s, Insight and Berlitz, and also writes about her own travels abroad for magazines. She has reviewed regularly for numerous publications including the Financial Times, the London Evening Standard and the Irish Times. She is currently a regular book reviewer for the Irish Examiner. She also works as an editorial consultant. She is a tutor on Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools scheme, and has led writing workshops for adults up to M.A. level. Her first collection of stories, The Dogs of Inishere was published in April, 2017. She is currently working on a new novel set in west Cork, The Ballydevlin Hauntings.

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Represented by The Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Rosney Mews, Upper Glenageary Rd. Glenageary, Co. Dublin. Telephone: 01 280 3482.

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What I do


I write books and short stories. My books are available from and from The Collins Press. You can read some of my published stories by downloading them HERE


I mainly review literary fiction, and also biography, letters and essays, usually related to writers or writing. I have a special interest in the short story, and in the work of Roberto Bolaño. I have been reviewing books for national newspapers in the UK and Ireland since 1987. I am currently reviewing for The Irish Examiner. Here are some RECENT PIECES.


I write and update travel guides about Ireland for Fodor’s, Insight and Berlitz. I have an in-depth knowledge of what to do and see in Ireland. I have a special interest in the rural west and southwest including Connemara, the Burren, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and west Cork. I also work as an editorial consultant. This ranges from assessing book proposals or submissions for publishers to preparing other people’s work for submission. FIND OUT MORE


I run creative writing workshops for transition year students and 5th and 6th years. These are usually organised in advance through Poetry Ireland, but I can also work directly with schools on request. I teach adult writing courses for University College, Cork and for the Munster Literature Centre, among others, and help present and organise literary events.




Artwork front cover for book The Dogs of InishereThe Dogs of Inishere, a collection of the best of my stories from the past thirty years, will be published in Europe and the US on 21 April, 2017. This marks a welcome return to fiction writing after a long gap.

“A cast of eccentrics and outsiders populates a collection set largely in coastal Ireland.” Kirkus Reviews

“Clean, clear, sharp, savage – absolutely bloody brilliant” Carlo Gébler

“What links these deceptively artless stories is the hint of unsettling possibilities.” Eibhear Walsh, Irish Times, 27 May, 2017.

“It’s the kind of ending where you’re not sure if you should laugh or be appalled.” Lucas Spiro, The Artsfuse, Boston.

Cork Launch – Tuesday 18 April 8.30pm

The Dogs of Inishere, my first story collection, will be launched by Mary Kenny at Cork City Library on Tuesday 18 April at 8.30pm. It is the opening night of the Cork World Book Fest, and follows an event featuring Sally Phipps’ biography of Molly Keane starting at 7.15.

Dublin Launch – Wednesday 3 May 6-8pm
The Dogs of Inishere will be launched by Carlo Gébler at the Origin Gallery, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, by kind invitation of Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp. The Campus Bookshop will have copies for sale, and John O’Brien, the publisher of Dalkey Archive Press will be there.

Fiction at the Friary – Sunday 28 May at 3pm
I will be the guest writer on Sunday 28 May at a new Sunday afternoon event in Cork City for writer s and readers of fiction. It is free, and is held at The Friary, a bar on the corner of North Mall and Shandon Street, from 3 to 6pm. Organised by writers Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy, it features readings by guest authors, open mic and optional writing exercises in a friendly, welcoming  atmosphere. for details.

West Cork Literary Festival – 19 July, 10am
I will be in conversation with someone (to be confirmed) in the Tea Room at Bantry House as part of this amazing festival.

Poetry Ireland
I am on the panel for Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools. I normally work with Transition Year students and fifth and sixth year. Bookings, which are part-funded by Poetry Ireland, must be made well in advance through their website. Find out more about my workshop work.

Sunday Miscellany
My next contribution to this RTE programme, broadcast at 9.10 on Sundays, will be on air shortly. You can listen back to others on this website, go to my Recent Pieces.



I always welcome the opportunity to work with Alannah for her professionalism, tact, diligence and ability to transform a script. She can see straight to the heart of the matter and is insightful about what is required to turn a script into a publishable prospect.

Paula Elmore, Editor, The Collins Press Guide Books

I have worked with Alannah on several Insight/Berlitz projects. She is a pleasure to work with and has brought her wide knowledge of the tourism business in Ireland, including hotels, restaurants, attractions, outdoor activities and cultural life, to each project.

Tom Stainer, Senior Editor, Insight Guides/Berlitz Handbooks

Alannah has ably hosted and interviewed John Banville and Kevin Barry, among others. She has an instinct for fielding audience responses and framing them to create an engaged, enjoyable session that really opens up a sense of the books. With a writer’s insight, she creates an atmosphere that gives fresh insight, and a sense of really knowing the authors on stage.

Gemma Tipton, Guest Artistic Director, Kinsale Arts Festival, 2011 and 2012.

I have enjoyed working with Alannah on a number of projects. The Cork World Book Fest has commissioned Alannah to be guest curator for continental European writers in 2014.

Liam Ronayne, Cork City Librarian.


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