Carol Farrelly is a writer based in Edinburgh. She is working on her novel This Starling Flock, set in ‘Emergency’ Ireland and WWII Cornwall, and her short-story collection, Holdfast. Her short stories have been widely published in journals, including The Irish Times, Stand, Edinburgh Review, New Writing Scotland and Lampeter Review, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  Her story ‘The Telephone Man’ won the international Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize. Other stories have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, Fish Prize and RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award. In 2015 she was awarded a place on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme. She has also received a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and a Scottish Book Trust New Writer's Award.  She holds a DPhil on Thomas Hardy, who remains her Desert Island writer. Follow her @CarolMFarrelly