Rosemary Mairs lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. She studied Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her short stories have been published in anthologies. Cinnamon Press in particular endorsed her writing, and she benefitted from their mentoring scheme. Her work has won prizes, including the Speakeasy Short Story Competition. My Father’s Hands received The Society of Authors’ ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award.

Her debut collection A Recycled Marriage was a 2020 Eludia Award Finalist, and is published by Cinnamon Press (2021). A study of troubled lives. Each story examines the minutiae of human experience, delving into the inner selves of the characters as they struggle to cope with difficult circumstances. The semi-autobiographical A Beginner’s Guide to Stammering is a frank account of the impact of a speech impediment on everyday life. It was long-listed for the 2018 Bristol Prize. The Troubles feature in her work, highlighting the personal tragedies of sectarianism. Basket of Eggs reached the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award long-list. Lily won The Writers’ Bureau Short Story Competition.

Rosemary is currently writing her next short story collection.