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Simon Fitzmaurice

Biography

Simon Fitzmaurice

Simon Fitzmaurice is an award-winning writer and film director. His debut memoir, IT'S NOT YET DARK, was a #1 bestseller upon its release Ireland, has been nominated for the Bord Gáis Book of the Year Award, and was ranked #2 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 honors master's degrees in both Anglo-Irish literature and drama and film theory and production. His short fiction has been short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award, and his poetry has appeared in the quarterly publication West 47. His first feature film, My Name Is Emily, was just released in both the UK and the United States. He lives in Greystones with his wife, Ruth; their five children, Jack, Raife, Arden, Sadie and Hunter; and their basset hound, Pappy.

Simon Fitzmaurice

Books by Simon Fitzmaurice

by Simon Fitzmaurice - Autobiography, Medicine, Memoir, Mind & Body

In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose, IT'S NOT YET DARK is an astonishing journey into a life that, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully than most, revealing at its core the potent power love has to carry us through the days.