Martin Malone : Award winning novelist and short story writer
I’m an Irish novelist and short story writer. My novel, The Broken Cedar (2003), was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for an Irish Fiction Award. My first novel, Us (2000), won the John B Keane/Sunday Independent Award. My short story, The Mango War, the title story of my 2009 short story collection The Mango War, won the RTE Francis MacManus Award in 2004. I’ve also won the Killarney International Short Story Prize and was twice shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and a PJ O’Connor Award.
My most recent work is a novel, Valley of the Peacock Angel (2013) and a short story collection Deadly Confederacies & Other Short Stories, both are published by New Island. In 2015, New Island publish my first novel Us as a modern Irish Classic. My work is currently featured in the National Art Gallery and in the Gallery’s anthology, Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art.
As a Military Policeman with the Irish Army, under the flag of the United Nations, I served five tours of duty in Lebanon and one in Iraq. I’ve written a memoir of my time in the army, called The Lebanon Diaries (2007), and my experiences in the Middle East have greatly informed my literary work. I’m currently working on a stage adaptation of my novel The Silence of the Glasshouse which is about the mass execution of anti-treaty prisoners during the Irish Civil War.
My work is published by Simon & Schuster UK, Poolbeg Press, Maverick House and New Island. My radio plays: The Devil’s Garden, Song of the Small Bird and Rosanna Nightwalker have been broadcast by RTE Radio 1. My short stories have been broadcast by BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, RTE Radio 1, and also Belgian and Dutch Radio.