Ivy Bannister is a story-writer, playwright, and novelist. She grew up in New York City and currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two story collections, Magician and Other Stories and The Wild Circus Show. Her stories have also been widely anthologized and broadcast by RT (Ireland's Public Service Broadcaster) and BBC, and she is a contributor to Sunday Miscellany (Dublin). She is a lecturer on literature and drama, and she has facilitated writers' workshops for Dublin's Writers Center, the Global Women's Network, and the Verbal Arts Centre. She recently received the Hennessy Award and the Mobil Ireland Playwriting Award.