Biography

Sarah Bannan

Sarah Bannan was born in 1978 in upstate New York. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 and then moved to Ireland, where she has lived ever since. She is the Head of Literature at the Irish Arts Council and lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.

Sarah Bannan was born in Watertown, New York in 1978 and is the youngest of three daughters. She moved frequently growing up, living in Texas, Florida and Alabama, where she went to high school.


Sarah attended Georgetown University from 1996- 2000, majoring in English (with a concentration in literature and literary history) and minoring in Theatre. She had a number of influential professors while attending university, including John Glavin, David Kadlec and Norma Tilden, and, from 1998 – 1999, she moved to Ireland for a year of study at Trinity College Dublin.


Following graduation from Georgetown, Sarah moved to Ireland permanently in 2000. She has worked in various arts organisations , including the Irish Film Institute and the Lilliput Press.  Since 2007, she has been the Head of Literature with the Arts Council. In 2010 – 2011, she completed the Faber Academy’s Novel Writing Course in Dublin.


Sarah married her husband, Duncan Keegan, in 2004. In 2011, they had their first child, Niamh Ann Keegan. They live in a small cottage in the north inner city of Dublin. Sarah’s parents now live in Virginia. WEIGHTLESS is her first novel.


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