Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Galway, she holds BA and MA degrees from Queens University, Belfast, and a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet, 2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award in 2015. Her debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld / Hogarth, 2018), won the 2019 Collyer Bristow Prize, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award and the Butler Literary Award, and was longlisted for theAuthor’s Club Best First Novel Awards and the International Dublin Literary Award 2020. In 2018, she won The Moth Short Story Prize for her story Psychobabble. In 2019 she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Prime. Her second novel, The Wild Laughter (Oneworld), was published in July 2020.