Bernie McGill was born in Northern Ireland. She has written for the theatre (The Weather Watchers, The Haunting of Helena Blunden), a collection of short stories entitled Sleepwalkers and two novels, The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for numerous awards and is anthologised in the award-winning collections, The Glass Shore and The Long Gaze Back. In 2008 she won the Zoetrope:All-Story Short Fiction Award in the US. She is a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's inaugural ACES (Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme) Award in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University, Belfast. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family and works as a Creative Writing facilitator. She likes to sit in cafes drinking cappuccino and making up stories about the people going past. She blogs at www.berniemcgill.com.