Liz Nugent was born in Dublin, where she now lives with her husband, musician and sound engineer Richard McCullough. Liz worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally before writing extensively for radio and television drama.
Liz's second novel, Lying in Wait, was released in July 2016. It went straight to number one in the Irish Bestseller lists, remaining there for nine weeks and spent eight months in the top ten.
In September 2016, Liz was awarded the Ireland Funds Monaco bursary and went to Monaco for a month to write in the Princess Grace Irish library.
In November 2016, Lying in Wait won the RTE Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. The book was also shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category. It has been long listed for the Dublin International Literary Award 2018. Lying in Wait was chosen as part of the Spring 2017 list for the very prestigious Richard & Judy Book Club in the UK. In April 2017, Lying in Wait was the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award of the Richard & Judy Spring List.
The news piece written on Liz's visit to the UL campus can be found here.
Book Reading and Discussion - Wednesday, February 28th
For the first event of this year's initiative, Liz read a short passage from Lying in Wait and engaged in a discussion about the book with the audience. The discussion and Q&A session was led by Dr. Sheila Killian. Staff and students from across the campus attended the event. Liz welcomed questions about the novel itself and her experiences during the writing process. Liz also signed copies of her book for attendees at the close of the event.
Regional Writing Centre co-director, Lawrence Cleary, engaged Liz in a public interview about her writing process and strategies. Time was reserved for audience members to ask questions as a way of informing their own processes, practices, and strategies.