Judy O’Kane is an Irish writer based in London Bridge. She trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork, and worked the 2009 wine harvest in Bordeaux while on sabbatical from legal partnership in Dublin. She has since read for an M.A. at the University of East Anglia, where she is now completing a PhD in creative and critical writing.

Thirst, her non fiction work in progress was shortlisted by the Biographers’ Club for the Tony Lothian Award in 2016. The judges described the work as “a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine. Written with verve and insight, it’s a very modern form of memoir, and one that leads its readers into many different worlds along the way.”

Judy’s work has been published in The World of Fine Wine (UK), Alquimie (Australia) and The Irish Times. She won the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem Prize in 2015 and her poetry has been published in Landfall (New Zealand).