Réaltán Ní Leannáin
Réaltán Ní Leannáin was born in Belfast, spending her childhood and teenage years there during the sixties and seventies, but now lives in Dublin.
Réaltán started teaching Irish and Spanish at second level schools in Dublin in the eighties. She has also travelled extensively through Spain and experienced the various languages of Spain at first hand. She moved into third level education, lecturing in education in Trinity College Dublin in Dublin City University, and then in Queen’s University Belfast.
While she was lecturing in Queen’s she was diagnosed with cancer. She went on to overcome this setback and has been writing ever since. She has a collection of poetry based on this experience, Turas Ailse (2011). She blogs [ http://turasailse.blogspot.ie/] on cancer and other life experiences both great and small and also reviews new books in Irish [http://eithniu.blogspot.ie/] She tweets as https://twitter.com/RealtanNiL
In 2015 publishers Cló Iar-Chonnacht published her short story collection, Dílis [ http://www.cic.ie/en/books/published-books/dilis ]. An unapologetic female view of life, it has been a best-seller and has caused controversy in its uncompromising perspective.
Réaltán has also translated the diaries of Aoife Brennan [http://www.amazon.com/Aoife-Brennan/e/B00BKJ1ZV8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1], bittersweet reflections on contemporary Irish society.