Caoilinn Hughes is the author of The Wild Laughter (Oneworld), which won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2021. It was shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards' Novel of the Year and RTÉ Radio 1 Listener's Choice Award 2020, the Dalkey Literary Awards, and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Comedy Women in Print Prize. Her first novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld/Hogarth) won the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019, and was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. She received an O.Henry Prize, The Moth Short Story Prize and the Irish Book Awards' Story of the Year 2020 for her short fiction. She is currently Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.