Judy O’Kane has won the National Memory Day Prize, the Charles Causley Poetry Prize, the Irish Post Prize and the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem Prize as well as prizes at Wells Festival of Literature, Guernsey Literary Festival, Glebe House, Enfield Poets and Kent and Sussex Poetry. She is working towards her first collection.
Her work has been published in The North, Landfall, the World of Fine Wine and the Manchester Review, and she has read at the Irish Writers in London Summer School, the Irish Literary Society, London, Pinot Celebration, Otago, Ballymaloe Lit Fest, East Cork Slow Food, Borough Market and the House of Lords.
Judy completed a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2020. She gained an MA in Life Writing from UEA in 2012. Judy worked the wine harvest in Bordeaux while on sabbatical from legal partnership. Thirst, her creative non-fiction work-in-progress, was shortlisted for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Award. The judges described the work as ‘a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine’.