About me


I've been a professional writer all my working life. My commissions include fiction and non fiction books; original tv dramas and contributions to series; radio scripts; screenplays; chamber opera libretti; and work in digital media. 

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The Library at the Edge of the World, book #1 in my 'Finfarran' series of novels, first published by Hachette, will be available in the US and Canada from November 14th 2017 published by Harper Perennial. 

 " A delicious feast of a novel. Sink in and feel enveloped by the beautiful world of Felicity Hayes-McCoy." ~ Cathy Kelly
" A charming and heartwarming story." ~ Jenny Colgan
"Engaging, sparkling, and joyous." ~ The Sunday Times

Finfarran book #3, The Mistletoe Matchmaker, was published by Hachette Books Irl in October 2017, preceded in May 2017 by book #2, Summer At The Garden Café. Translation rights in The Library at The Edge of The World have been sold to Germany, Italy, Holland, France, China and South Korea. 

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I was born in Dublin, Ireland, studied English and Irish language and literature at University College Dublin and emigrated to London in my early twenties where I built a successful career, first as an actress and then as a writer. In 1986 I met and married the English opera director Wilf Judd, then Artistic Director of The Garden Venture at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House. 

In 1995 Wilf and I set up JHM, an umbrella company under which creative work arising out of our shared artistic values is conceived and made. A JHM project involves work by one or both of us working partnership, often in collaboration with others. 

Wilf and I share a love of literature, theatre, ecology and design, and our life and work are now divided between a flat in inner-city London and a stone house at the western end of Ireland's Dingle Peninsula.







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