The Crime Writers' Association

Debut Dagger 2021

Fiona McPhillips
Underwater
highly-commended

A scholarship student at an elite Dublin convent school in the 1980s is forced to fight for her life when her plan to expose a paedophile swimming coach has fatal consequences.

Fiona McPhillips is a journalist and author of two nonfiction books. Her creative work has appeared in Hobart, Litro, Atrium and elsewhere. She is a reader for The Forge literary magazine and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at DCU in Dublin, where she lives with her husband and three children.