Liz McManus is a novelist and former Irish Labour Party TD who served as Deputy Leader from 2002 to 2007 and Minister of State from 1994 to 1997. After retiring from politics in 2011, she completed an MPhil in Creative Writing in Trinity College Dublin. She has won the Hennessy, Listowel and Irish PEN awards in fiction. Her first novel Acts of Subversion was nominated for the Aer Lingus / Irish Times Literature Prize. Her second novel A Shadow in the Yard was published in 2015.