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 (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.
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.