"We are our stories.
We tell them to stay alive or
keep alive those who only live
now in the telling."
Niall Williams
Credit Author's photos: John Kelly



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


The film, FOUR LETTERS OF LOVE, script by Niall Williams, adapted from his novel, will be directed by Polly Steele.  Currently in pre-production, filming will start in September 2022. Press release due soon with news of a very exciting international cast. 

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.

IN KILTUMPER, A Year in an Irish Garden by Niall and Christine (published by Bloomsbury in Sept ’21 with paperback due in April ’23)  is the chronicle of a gardening year and a glimpse of a lifetime of writing and gardening and Niall and Christine’s first co-authored book in 25 years. Claire Connolly of The Times Literary Supplement writes:  ‘It is a record, both honest and beautiful, of a sustainable but precarious way of life.’

We have taken the successful  Kiltumper Writing Workshops online. Places, which are limited, can be secured by payment of a non-refundable deposit of €100 HERE or use the contact page if you have any questions.

Kiltumper Writing Workshop

In 2021, we took the Kiltumper Writing Workshops online. We have since worked with over 30 fiction writers from around the world. News of the next online workshop in fiction will be announced soon. Alternatively, we may hold another in-person workshop in Kiltumper. Use the contact page for further 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.


Niall Williams and Christine Breen at home in Kiltumper, Kilmihil, Co Clare. Picture by Eamon Ward

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