Eoghan Smith is a writer, critic and academic. He is the author of two novels, The Failing Heart (2018), and the forthcoming A Provincial Death (November 2021), both published by Dedalus. His other books include Imagining Irish Suburbia in Literature and Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018, which is a collection of essays co-edited with Simon Workman on the literary, historical, artistic and musical cultures of Irish suburban life, and John Banville: Art and Authenticity (2013), a study of the fiction of John Banville. His criticism, essays and reviews have been published widely, and have appeared in publications such as The Irish Times, Dublin Review of Books, the Irish University Review, and the Irish Studies Review, among many others.
Since 2020, he has been a regular contributor to Books Ireland on the latest contemporary Irish fiction. He has taught literature in English at Maynooth University, where he also obtained his PhD in English, and at DCU. From 2018-2021 he was programme director for Arts and Humanities at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, where he currently lectures in Creative Writing and a range of modules across the spectrum of literature, including modern and contemporary Irish literature, Gothic fiction, literary theory, and the 18th century novel. He is currently working on his third novel, a re-telling of an F. Marion Crawford story, set in and around Famine-era Ireland.