Sue Rainsford, A Heart Tomorrow: I Never Promised You a Dystopia closing text

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Writer Sue Rainsford was invited to respond to the virtual exhibition I Never Promised You a Dystopia, curated by Aoife Banks and featuring artists Bassam Al-Sabah, Kevin Gaffney, Jesse Jones, Vera Klute, and Doireann O’Malley.

I Never Promised You a Dystopia is a virtual group exhibition that explores speculative futurisms with a focus on queer, feminist, and anti-capitalist ideologies. To view I Never Promised You a Dystopia please click here




A graduate of Trinity College and IADT, in January 2017 she completed her MFA in Writing & Literature at Bennington College, Vermont. She is a recipient of the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award (2016/17), the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award (2013, 2018, 2019) and a MacDowell Fellowship (2019). She has been awarded residencies by such institutions as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Maynooth University, and recent commissions include RTÉ Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4.

Her début novel, Follow Me To Ground, was originally published by New Island Books in Ireland where it received the Kate O’Brien Award, was long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Award when it was published in the UK by Doubleday in 2019, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly when it was released in the US by Scribner in 2020. Most recently, her short story, “Shorn”, was a finalist for the 2021 New York Radio Festival Awards, and she was appointed writer in residence at University College Dublin for 2022. Her second novel, Redder Days, was published by Doubleday in March 2021.

Sue is represented by Lucy Luck at C&W Agency.


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