Olivia Fitzsimons is a northerner living in Greystones, County Wicklow. Her flash fiction has appeared/forthcoming in the Honest Ulsterman, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Cabinet of Heed, The Bangor Literary Review, National Flash Fiction Day Journal, Solidalgo, FlashBack Fiction and Deracine. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Prize 2017 and long-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize 2018. Her flash ‘We Don’t Understand The Machines We Have Created,’ was shortlisted for the Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize in 2017 and will be published in their Anthology, ‘Impermanent Facts’, later this year. Olivia was lucky enough to be selected for the Words Ireland/Wicklow County Council Arts Mentee Scheme 2018 with author Niamh Boyce as her mentor. She is the recipient of a 2018 Wicklow County Council Arts Bursary for a week long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and one to one mentorship with Nuala O’Connor. She is currently working on a story collection and first novel.