John MacKenna is the author of seventeen books – short-stories, novels, memoir, history and biography. He is a winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award, the C Day-Lewis Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. His most recent novel, The Space Between Us (2009), was shortlisted for the Kerry Book of the Year Award. His prose has been critically acclaimed in the Sunday Times, the Irish Times, Scotland on Sunday, and even in Jeffrey Archer’s prison diaries. He is also a winner of a Jacob’s Radio Award for his documentary work with the poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen. He teaches at NUI, Maynooth in County Kildare.