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David Park was born in Belfast in 1953, and now lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.
He was educated at Queen's University Belfast and has had a distinguished career in secondary education, in particular contributing to the development of creativity in the curriculum.
He is the author of a collection of short stories and several novels. His first novel, The Healing (1992), won the 1992 Authors' Club First Novel Award and the University of Ulster McCrea Literary Award. Set against a background of sectarian conflict, the novel describes the search for personal and communal healing. Further novels include The Rye Man (1994) and Stone Kingdoms (1996), which is set in both Ireland and Africa and also won the University of Ulster McCrea Literary Award.
His novel The Big Snow (2002), is set in 1963 against a backdrop of one of Ireland's worst winters. It was awarded the Belfast Arts Award for Literature. Swallowing the Sun (2004) was shortlisted for both the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and the Irish Novel of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.