Called ‘a true original’ by Glenn Patterson, Tara West had already established a career as an advertising copywriter in Belfast when she wrote her first novel, Fodder. The book was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a talented new Irish voice.
Her second novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published by Liberties Press in 2013 and was described by Ian Sansom as ‘the funniest book written by a Northern Irish author this century’.
Liberties will publish her memoir about depression and recovery, Happy Dark, in 2016. Tara also runs memoir-writing workshops, and is passionate about helping others tell their story.
Tara has appeared at festivals including the West Belfast Festival, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the Belfast Book Festival, Aspects Festival Bangor, the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and the John Hewitt International Summer School.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast, is a member of the Society of Authors, and has received a number of Arts Council Northern Ireland Awards for her writing, including the sought-after Artists Career Enhancement Scheme. She lives in Co Antrim with her husband and daughter.