"We are our stories.
We tell them to stay alive or
keep alive those who only live
now in the telling."
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Niall Williams
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Welcome

Born in Dublin in 1958, studied English and French Literature at University College, Dublin. He moved to New York in 1980 where he married Christine Breen, whom he had met while she was also a student at UCD. His first job in New York was opening boxes of books in Fox & Sutherland’s Bookshop in Mount Kisco. In 1985, he and Chris left America to attempt to make lives as writers in Ireland. On April 1st they moved to the cottage in west Clare that Chris’s grandfather had left eighty years before. They have two adult children, a dog named Finn and a cat called Thanks. Niall’s first four books, published between 1987 and 1995, were co-written with Chris and tell of their life together in Co Clare.

Latest Release By Niall Williams

Kiltumper Writing Workshop

We are excited to announce that, in 2021, we have taken the Kiltumper Writing Workshops online. The first online workshops in fiction took place in January/February this year, with 20 writers from around the world. Another series of Online Workshops took place during April 2021. The next online workshop will be on Saturdays during July/August. (July 3, 10, 24 Aug 7 & 14) with more workshops to follow during the year. A Masterclass for returning writers will take place in the autumn. Use the contact page for info. Places can be secured by payment of a non-refundable deposit of €100 HERE or use the contact page if you have any questions.

News

Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury USA will publish IN KILTUMPER, A Year in an Irish Garden by Niall and Christine in August 2021. Both a chronicle of a gardening year and a glimpse of a lifetime of writing and gardening, it will be Niall and Christine’s first co-authored book in 25 years.

We have taken the successful  Kiltumper Writing Workshops online. The first online workshops in fiction took place in January/February this year, with 20 writers from around the world. Another series took place during April 2021. Once the next workshop dates are announced places can be secured by payment of a non-refundable deposit of €100 HERE or use the contact page if you have any questions.

The film, FOUR LETTERS OF LOVE, directed by Polly Steele and starring Mark Rylance is currently in pre-production.

Other television and feature film screenplays are in development. Niall and Christine have recently adapted Helen Cullen’s novel, THE LOST LETTERS OF WILLIAM WOOLF for Mainstreet Pictures.

Articles

What Frank Sinatra Taught Me About America

When I was 23, I came to America for the first time with my soon-to-be wife, and settled in her hometown of Katonah, New York.

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Is Anyone Happy Anymore?

Recently I have been forced to think a bit about happiness. It’s not something I’ve done before. I have been too busy living.

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