Patricia grew up in Galway in the west of Ireland, where she still lives. She has worked as a teacher, a director of an arts festival, a television writer, a playwright and a waitress, though not necessarily in that order.
Her first novel, The Wordsmith (Little Island) a dystopian adventure for middle grade, was awarded a White Raven by the International Youth Library in Munich and was shortlisted for the CBI Children’s Book of the Year Award in the same year.
The book is published by Sourcebooks in the USA under the title The List, and has been warmly received by critics.
Little Island publish Bumpfizzle, a comic alien story for younger readers.
Trish is married with two teenage children and one incorrigible dog.