Anna Heussaff was born in 1957 and grew up in an Irish-speaking family in Dublin, where she lives now with husband Simon Brooke and son Conall. Her MA thesis was published in 1992, entitled Filí agus Cléir san Ochtú hAois Déag (An Clóchomhar, 1992). She worked with homeless people in England for three years, and spent twenty years in radio and television work in Ireland, in particular as a researcher and as a producer/director with RTÉ. In addition to creative writing, she undertakes freelance work, including teaching short courses at third level and for adult learners of Irish; and she runs writing workshops as part of the Writers in Schools scheme under the aegis of Poetry Ireland. She is vice-chairperson of the campaigning environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Ireland. Each of her novels have been awarded literary prizes and in 2013 Hong (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012) was awarded the Judge’s Prize at the CBI awards.
In 2014, her first English-language crime novel, Deadly Intent (Severn House, London) was published, under her pen name Anna Sweeney. This is a version of her detective novel Buille Marfach. In 2015, Cló Iar-Chonnacht published Scáil an Phríosúin, a crime novel set in the historic district of Kilmainham, Dublin, and featuring the same central characters as her earlier detective stories.
In 2010 and 2011, Futa Fata and Dorling Kindersley published three reference books for young readers that she translated from English: Seo í mo Scoil (DK & Futa Fata, 2010), Leabhar Mór na hEalaíne (DK & Futa Fata, 2010) and Leabhar Mór an Cheoil (DK & Futa Fata, 2010). In 2015, Leabhar na Mallachtaí, her translation of Conor Kostick’s The Book of Curses (O’Brien, 2007) was published on the COGG-sponsored website, Leighleat.com.
Updated June 2017
Deadly Intent (Severn House, 2015), faoin ainm cleite Anna Sweeney
Scáil an phríosúin (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2015)
Hóng (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2012)
Buille marfach (Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2010)
Cúpla focal (Cois Life, 2007)
Vortex (Cois Life, 2006)
Bás tobann (Cois Life, 2004).
Filí agus Cléir san ochtú hAois déag (An Clóchomhar, 1992)
Seo í mo scoil (DK & Futa Fata, 2010)
Leabhar mór na hEalaíne (DK & Futa Fata, 2010)
Leabhar mór an cheoil (DK & Futa Fata, 2011)
Leabhar na mallachtaí (Léighleat.com & COGG, 2015)
‘The Irish for multicultural’ sa chnuasach Who needs Irish?, Ciarán Mac Murchaidh, eag. (Veritas, 2004)