Born in London, raised in Kerry, Ireland, I’m Alison Wells, writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels, and mother of four now living in Bray, Co. Wicklow. I’ve worked as a technical writer and have degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies.

I write fiction on the literary side, with a surreal edge and I always want to do new things. In (Jan 2019) my novel Eat! (arising out of an original flash fiction published in the Stinging Fly) was longlisted/highly commended in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. and shortlisted in the John McGahern Award. In 2020 The Exhibit of Held Breaths was selected as finalist in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. 

My short fiction has appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Crannóg, The View from Here, Metazen and in many anthologies including the Higgs Boson, Voices of Angels, Eighty Nine, Deck the Halls and UK National Flash Fiction Day’s Jawbreakers and Scraps, RTE Arena’s New Planet Cabaret, The Stinging Fly and The Lonely Crowd.

I’ve been shortlisted for Hennessy New Writing and for the Bridport, WOW, and Fish Awards, BBC’s Opening Lines, Over the Edge New Writer and  in the Bray Literary Festival flash fiction competition. I won the Big Book of Hope Ebook fiction category with my flash fiction medley Flashes of Entropy and Hope.

In 2012 and 2015 I was awarded writing residencies at Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry

For some time I blogged for the popular and comprehensive writing site (Random Acts of Optimism blog on

Completed Novels  

The Exhibit of Held Breaths which explores the power of belief itself when an enthralling exhibit upturns the life of its  reluctant curator. Read three chapters

Eat!: Consumption becomes medicine for a girl with pica and a would-be cannibal in this linguistic feast of love, loss and longing set in boomtime Ireland. Read three chapters.

As A.B. Wells: My feel good comedy & science inspired novel Housewife with a Half-Life explores the adventures of Susan Strong a housewife who is literally disintegrating and her god-like fairly god-father (Fairly Dave) who guides her round her parallel universes on a quest for re-integration. Read three chapters

The Book of Remembered Possibilities: a woman destroys her own life by writing the story of her alternate self.

Work in Progress and Future Plans

Unusual Flashes of Light is a collection/novella of interrelated flash fiction tales, interlinked characters affected by love, longing and a belief in UFOs.

Other untitled notes in progress: The story of a man broken by news and his unravelling marriage, told through lists, click bait headlines, phishing emails and other media devices as he tries to find his way back to what is true. A work about women, ghosts, invisibility and making yourself something set in an Octagonal House. And a dystopian novel about electricity, Voltaire, Galvani, lost girls, Edgar Allen Poe, Japanese graphic novels, social media and lots more.

I’m also making notes for a middle-grade series based on some of the kid characters from my sci-fi comedy, so featuring Pluto, Rufus and Andromeda Strong.


Winner: The Big Book of Hope Competition 2012

Highly Commended: National Flash Fiction Day’s Microfiction competition 2013 (100 words)


2018 Bray Literary Festival

2013 Over the Edge New Writer

Anam Cara competition  2012, Bridport Prize 2010, International Fish Prize 2010, Hennessy XO Literary awards 2009 for New Irish writing, WOW awards Galway 2010

Longlists, Sean O’ Faolain 2010 (Two stories)

Feedback from Hennessey XO Literary Awards 2009  Judge Carlo Gebler

‘I was incredibly taken with this, it’s very poetic, the language is extraordinary, very finely wrought and beautiful. The events described are sinister/ frightening and although it was not realistic, within the context of the story and the rules that apply within the story it makes perfect sense. It’s very short, but what I admired, what we admired was this writer’s ambition which is fantastic.’ Carlo Gebler

Publications (Short Stories)

How I wrote ‘There’s a Café in this story     The Lonely Crowd online Sept/17

There’s a Café in this story            The Lonely Crowd, July 2017

All that Thinking                              Literary Orphans, Special Irish Issue, USA, April 2014

Eat!                                                    The Stinging Fly, Spring 2014

The Woebegone’s Slaughtered Dreams   New Planet Cabaret anthology, New Island, Nov 2013

Random Acts of Optimism            Number Eleven, August 2013

Egg                                           Scraps, National Flash Fiction Day Collection, June 2013

Letter                                               Crannóg March 2013

Unfolding                                         Deck the Halls, July 2012

Flashes of Entropy and Hope                 The New Big Book of Hope, Y books, June 2012           

Elsewhere                        Jawbreakers, National Flash Fiction Day Collection, May 2012

Meringue                                                 Angel Collection, Bridgehouse Publishing, Dec 2011

Breaking News                                      Metazen, Oct 2011

If I could turn back time                        Literary Mix Tapes: 89, 2011

Truth and Silence                                  The View from Here, July 2011

Unwritten                                              Crannog Magazine, October 2010

Supersymmetric: Almost but not quite           Higgs Boson Anthology April 2010

Sad about the Plumber’s Uncle                  WOW anthology, Words on the Street April 2010

Bog Body                                                           Sunday Tribune, New Irish Writing, Aug 2009

Last Time I saw Him & Home for Christmas   Ireland’s Own, 2002

The Flask                                                             Sunday Miscellany: The collection 2006-2008

If we thought that love was gone                    Poetry for Cancer 2010



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10 thoughts on “BIO AND PROJECTS

  1. Hi Alison,

    I found your blog (or rather it found me) via a Google Alert I have placed for “ebook publishing, self publishing). I admire your energy! I want to invite you to participate in The Ebook Crew, a new real-time ebook-theme network I have created. It’s a mutual admiration and support group. Now, with your permission, I’ll go have a look at your stories! All the best, Michael

  2. Hi Alison found your blog via Inkwell website. Enjoyed the post on Procrastination Tips t … it so resonates with me! Off to try out your tips … thanks for your push to action.

  3. OOOOOO, Alison the housewife with the half-life (or whatever) book coming out sounds great!!! My first novel I wrote (one of many which I just threw away because…well, it wasn’t great at all) was about a housewife who had a fairy god mother of sorts who’d show up in the toilet and in the mirror of the bathroom. It was kooky but definitely not publishable. I so want to read yours!!! Please let us know when it comes out. I will buy one.

    1. alisonwells

      Oh Jane, we’re so much on the same wavelength! Maybe you can have another look at yours. Mine is available on Amazon etc now.

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