Ryan O’Connor received the Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award in 2018; later the same year he was Highly Commended in the Bridport Prize short story category. His debut novel, The Voids, was published by Scribe in 2022. Shortlisted for Scotland’s National Book Awards, it has received widespread critical acclaim. In the Guardian, Benjamin Myers called it ‘Luminous,’ in the Scotsman Sturt Kelly declared it ‘Remarkable … the most intriguing Scottish debut for a decade.’ While Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile said, ‘I want to say this is a book God would like.’ Ryan currently lives in Glasgow with his partner and two young sons.