McDowell holds an MA in Creative Writing from UCD. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in publications including The Irish Times, HeadStuff, Sonder, The Honest Ulsterman, and Still
Worlds Turning, an anthology of new Irish writing from No Alibis
Press. She had two short stories on the 2019 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award longlist, with Balloon
Animals making the shortlist. Her short memoir will appear
in the Fish Anthology 2020 as part of the Fish Short Memoir Prize.