Heather O'Neill


Heather O'Neill became involved with Cape Farewell as an invited participant of the Carbon 14 Workshop in November 2011. A year later, collaborating with artist Jean-Paul Kelly, Heather produced Last Words, a site-specific allegorical work for large outdoor digital billboards located at the entrance to buildings in Toronto's financial district. This collaboration is part of Ship of Fools, a multi-site urban intervention reminding us of the importance of addressing climate change.

Heather O'Neill is a writer from Montreal. She was educated at McGill University. She has written a collection of poems and the screenplay for a movie. In 2006 she published her first novel Lullabies for Little Criminals. The novel went on to win the Canada Reads competition, as the novel all Canadians should read that year. It also won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize and the Governor General's Award among others.

She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and NPR's This American Life. Her essay writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Globe and Mail, and The Walrus, among others. She has won two Gold Prizes for essay writing at the National Magazine Awards.

Her new novel The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is forthcoming.