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Tara's research uses Pierre Bourdieu’s field theory to analyse and explore the working-class experience in Northern Ireland. As part of this, she is writing a novel that examines the experience of social mobility in the North, and a critical examination of novels by Northern Irish writers of working-class origin. 


She is the author of novels Fodder (Blackstaff Press 2002) and Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan (Liberties Press, 2014) and has short stories published in The Glass Shore (New Island Press, 2016) and Female Lines (New Island Press, 2017). 

Her memoir of depression and recovery, The Upside of Down, is published by Dalzell Press and is available from No Alibis, The Secret Bookshelf and Amazon.  

Recent publications and broadcasts include:

BBC Radio 4 Short Works short story commission and Radio 4 podcast Drama of the Week 'Joan Loves Ice Cream'

Irish Times article 'Working-class Protestants...'

BBC Radio 4 Short Works short story commission 'You Forgot Me First'.

She was selected for the BBC Writersroom Belfast Voices and developed a TV series with their support.

She won an RTÉ Storyland commission for her first drama ‘The Good Christian Women’s Writing Group’ for which she was nominated for the Edinburgh International TV Festival's Debut Writer Award.

She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast.


Tara teaches on the MA English (Creative Writing) and the BA English with Creative Writing

She is based at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's. 


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