Finuala Dowling is a poet, novelist and creative writing teacher. Her first poetry collection, I flying, won the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her second, Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe, was joint winner of the Sanlam Prize for poetry, and her third, Notes from the dementia ward, won the Olive Schreiner Prize. She has read at the Aldeburgh Festival, at Snape Maltings, and at all major South African literary festivals. Her third novel, Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart, will be published by Kwela in May.