About Liz

Liz McSkeane is a writer and publisher who was born in Scotland and has lived in Ireland since 1981. She has four collections of poetry . In Flight (Lapwing, 1996), Snow at the Opera House (New Island, 2002), So Long, Calypso (Turas Press, 2017) and Learning to Tango Liz McSkeane headshot(Turas Press, 2021).  Her first novel, Canticle is based on the life of the Spanish mystic poet John of the Cross and was published by Turas Press in 2018.

Breaking news! Liz’s collection of short stories, What to Put in a Suitcase, will be published on October 5th! These sixteen stories follow a cast of characters destined to navigate a world that is by turns perplexing, intriguing, threatening, evoking a rich variety of people and situations. Several have been published already and a few are available online. If you’d like a taster of Suitcase, check out A Hot Coffee, which was published in The Irish Times online on Christmas Day; or Lebensraum, a passionate defence of personal space,  which Books Ireland Magazine published back in March.

What to Put in a Suitcase will be available for pre-order from the Turas Press website fromCover of What to Put in a Suitcase by Liz Mcskeane August 5th.  Advance Review Copies are available now, as pdf and as bound copies, so if you are a reviewer, do get in touch and Liz will pop a copy in the post.

Liz’s poems and short stories have been widely published in Ireland and the UK: in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Pages, The Shop, The Stinging Fly, Orbis, Stepaway, New Encounters and others.

In 1999, Liz was overall winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award for her poetry.

Her novel Canticle was a joint winner in the 2016 Irish Writers’ Centre/Greenbean Novel Fair competition; in 2021, one of her poems made it to the long-list of the UK National Poetry Competition, the last 152 out of a total of eighteen thousand entries.

Liz’s publishing work began in 2017, when she set up Turas Press,   originally to publish her own work but soon branched out to publish other books by both new and established writers. Turas Press has now published seventeen books by eleven writers, with four more books due out in 2022.

Liz also an educationalist. She started out as a teacher and later went on to curriculum development. She has a PhD in Education, and for many years has worked as educational consultant for national and European institutions. To find out more about Liz’s work in education, training and social science research, visit her  Linked In profile.

This web-site has a different focus – Liz’s Writing Life.