Born in London, raised in Kerry, Ireland, I’m Alison Wells, writer of flash fiction, short stories and novels, and mother of four now residing in Bray, Co. Wicklow. I’ve worked as a technical writer and have degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies. I blog for the popular and comprehensive writing site (Random Acts of Optimism blog on

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, as well as 2013’s Over the Edge New Writer prize.

In 2012 I won the Big Book of Hope Ebook fiction category with my flash fiction medley Flashes of Entropy and Hope and was awarded a writing residency in Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry to work on The Exhibit of Held Breaths.

Literary Works Complete

I write fiction on the literary side, with a surreal edge and I always want to do new things. I’ve completed two literary novels: The Book of Remembered Possibilities, where a woman destroys her own life by writing the story of her alternate self and The Exhibit of Held Breaths which explores the power of belief itself when an enthralling exhibit upturns the life of its curator and the townspeople. I also have a short story collection called Random Acts of Optimism. I’m seeking representation for my literary work. (Hello, agents!)

Reading at the Big Smoke Factories National Flash Fiction Day

Reading at Big Smoke Factory’s National Flash Fiction Day

Other work as my alter ego A.B. Wells

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. It’s available in Hughes & Hughes nationwide, Dubray Books Bray, Amazon Paperback and Kindle

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.

Eat! is a linguistic feast, exploring, among others the lives of a woman with pica and a would-be serial killer.

And the book after that (top secret title) is 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)


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)

There’s a cafe in this story, Forthcoming The Lonely Crowd, May 2017

Eat! Stinging Fly, Spring 2014.

The Woebegone’s Slaughtered Dreams, New Planet Cabaret, RTE/Arena/New Island, November 2013

Random Acts of Optimism: Number 11 zine, August 2013

Letter: Crannóg, March 2013

Unfolding: Deck the Halls, Literary Mix Tapes, 2012

Elsewhere: Jawbreakers, 2012

Meringue: Angel Collection, Bridgehouse Publishing

If I could turn back time: Eighty Nine: Literary Mix Tapes.

Truth and Silence: The View from Here, July 2011

Unwritten: Crannog Magazine, October 2010

Supersymmatric: Almost but not quite: Higgs Boson Anthology April 2010

Sad about the Plumbers’ 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

The Flask: Sunday Miscellany: The collection 2006-2008

If we thought that love was gone: Poetry for Cancer 2010



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  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. I’ve enjoyed exploring your site Alison. I found you via the River of Stones project. I shall visit again!

  4. 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.

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