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Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer and film director. His book It's Not Yet Dark has been nominated for Bord Gais Book of the Year Award and ranked number two in Liveline's Writer's Book of the Year. His films have screened at film festivals all over the world and won prizes at home and abroad, including Best Short Film at The Cork Film Festival and The Belfast Film Festival (twice), the Grand Jury Prize at the Opalcine Film Festival, Paris, The Jimmy Stewart Memorial Award at The Heartland Film Festival and Jury Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His short film The Sound of People was selected to screen at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Simon holds Honours Masters Degrees in both Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, and Film Theory and Production. His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award and his poetry has appeared in the quarterly publication West 47. Simon has just written and directed his first feature length film, My Name is Emily. He lives in Greystones with his wife Ruth, their five children, Jack, Raife, Arden, Sadie and Hunter and their Bassett Hound, Pappy.