Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose Books in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the An Post Irish Book Awards, the British Book Awards, the Books Are My Bag Awards, the Dalkey Literary Prize, the McKitterick Prize, and was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Leonard and Hungry Paul was selected by Dublin City Council as the 2021 One Dublin One Book. It was also chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 50 Great Irish Novels of the 21st Century.
Ronán’s second novel Panenka was published in May 2021. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards and the for Books Are My Bag Fiction prize.
Rónán was shortlisted for 2021 Author of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards. His story The Translator’s Funeral was longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year.
As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
Rónán also reviews fiction in translation for the Irish Times.
He is currently working on his third novel, Ghost Mountain, which will be published in 2024.