"I think that I shall never see A tree lovely as a cheque"
Katy Hayes, with apologies to A J Kilmer


Katy Photo: Leonardo Borzi

Katy Hayes writes novels, short stories, plays and journalism.

Katy is the Irish Film Critic for The Sunday Times (Irish edition). She writes occasional columns for the news pages and features and interviews for The Sunday Times Culture Magazine.

She is the theatre critic with the Irish Independent.

She has written three novels: Lindbergh's Legacy (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2003); Gossip (Phoenix House, London, 2000) and Curtains (Phoenix House, London, 1998)

Her short stories are collected as Forecourt (Poolbeg Press, Dublin, 1995) later reprinted as Opening Nights (Phoenix House, London, 1999)

Her plays are: Playgirl, a one-act play produced by The Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage, 1995 and The Sun Always Rises, produced by RTE Radio1 Drama Department, 2011.

She has been Writer in Residence for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 2012/13, and for the UCD MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama 2008/09. She taught a creative writing workshop on the University of Iowa Summer Program in 2014 and on the M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College in 2015.

Reviews and comments

Forecourt - A Collection of Short Stories

This is a sparkling, funny, disturbingly memorable first collection from a terrific writer who is here to stay. JOSEPH O'CONNOR
A punky, spunky collection - mad, bad and dangerous to read. FERDIA MAC ANNA

Curtains - a Novel

Katy Hayes's acerbic wit cuts right through to the funny-bone in her first novel, slicing the veneer neatly off the affectations of the theatre crowd with merciless hilarity. IRISH TIMES
Engaging - with acidic observations of the claustrophobic world of Dublin theatre - a well-formed comic novel. SUNDAY TRIBUNE

Gossip - a Novel

Sharp, funny and astute, Hayes is more than a match for any of her male peers on the subject of men trying to grow up. SCOTSMAN
Hayes's writing is snappy and she knows how to unravel a story like a cunningly wrapped parcel. EDEL COFFEY, SUNDAY TRIBUNE
Gossip is a page-turner to the end and there are bits that will make you laugh out loud. ORNA MULCAHY, IRISH TIMES
Wickedly funny, Hayes' latest is unputdownable. COSMOPOLITAN

Lindbergh's Legacy - a Novel

A clever and convincing look at parenthood, and motherhood in particular, and a sharp critique of modern Ireland - Lindbergh's Legacy has a welcome edge to it, all the sharper and more welcome for being unexpected. PAT BORAN, IRISH INDEPENDENT
A High Flyer - Katy Hayes's latest novel seems to be a departure from her 'comic' earlier offerings. She swings smoothly between present and past, [explores] how past events eerily tip over into the present - and the humiliations we heap on ourselves through rash actions and judgments. TOM WIDGER, SUNDAY TRIBUNE