Paul McVeigh began as a playwright with shows performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on London’s West End. His short stories have been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5 and performed on Sky Arts TV. They have also appeared in many publications including Faber's Being Various: New Irish Short Stories Anthology, The Irish Times, The London Magazine and The Stinging Fly. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. His debut novel The Good Son won The Polari First Novel Prize and his work has been translated into seven languages. He reviews for The Irish Times, which has published his author interviews with, among others, Booker Prize-winners Anna Burns and George Saunders.
Paul has edited the Southword Journal, the 'Belfast Stories' anthology from Doire Press (2019) and is the editor of the upcoming 'The 32', the Irish version of Kit de Waal's Common People anthology, which includes new work from Roddy Doyle, Kevin Barry and Danielle McLaughlin.
He is associate director of Word Factory ‘the UK’s national organization for excellence in the short story “The Guardian,” and he is co-founder and Director of the London Short Story Festival. Paul has judged many international literary competitions including The Dylan Thomas Prize, The Edge Hill Short Story Prize and The Sean O'Faolin Short Story Prize. He currently teaches for the Faber Academy.
Previously, Paul has given workshops in Adelaide, Armagh, Bath, Belfast, Brighton, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kuala Lumpur, Lancaster, Listowel, Longon, Melbourne, Salisbury, Singapore, Ubud and West Cork.