Ryan O’Neill was born in Glasgow in 1975 and lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. His short story collections include The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.