Katy Hayes is one of the most vibrant personalities in the world of Irish writing. She has worked as a theatre director, a playwright and a librettist, parallel to her career as a novelist and as a film and theatre critic. She is much sought-after as a writer-in-residence and director of creative writing workshops.
Katy's own plays include Playgirl, produced at the Abbey Theatre (Ireland's national theatre) in 1995 and The Sun Always Rises, produced on Irish national radio in 2011. In 2016 she wrote the libretto for a much acclaimed new Irish opera, Vampirella by composer Siobhán Cleary, adapted from the writing of Angela Carter.
As a theatre director, Katy has directed classics including The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. She specialises in developing and directing new plays, including Academy Award nominee Emma Donoghue's first play I Know My Own Heart.
Katy taught on the University of Iowa Summer Program in 2014 and has also worked as visiting writer for the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, and writer-in-residence on the MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin. She is currently a fellow in creative writing at University College Dublin, where she teaches on both the MA and undergraduate programmes.
Her three novels are Curtains (1998), Gossip (2000) and Lindbergh's Legacy (2003). Her short stories are collected as Forecourt (1995).
Katy is the film critic for the Sunday Times (Irish edition), and theatre critic for the Irish Independent.