Aefa Mulholland is an award-winning travel and food writer. Born in Glasgow, she now divides her time between Toronto and Glasgow. Aefa has worked with national broadcasters and a plethora of publications from The Miami Herald to The Irish Times. She has been published or broadcast on four continents, writing or presenting on subjects from mule racing in Montana to the hazards of bingo in Glasgow to partying with The Pixies in Dublin.
Her work has won a Canadian Tourism Commission Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Writing and an Irish Film Board award and been longlisted for Penguin RandomHouse WriteNow and the Oh Zoe Rising Talent Award. Other things that Aefa has won include a national poetry competition (aged 6) for a heartfelt poem about a dead deer, £3 betting on a mouse race in North Tipperary and $12 in the New York State Lottery.
She is the author of micro-memoir ‘Chicken & Hen’, the story of her family’s adoption of a tiny, talkative three-year-old from the other side of town (finalist for the 2016 Tom Howard Essay Prize), and travel memoir The Scottish Ambassador, Learning How To Be Scottish in America, both published by P+H Books.
She writes offbeat hotel reviews and destination guides for Angry Sea Turtles and is working on a documentary on career options for seahorses.
If you’re looking for recent travel writing, well… there isn’t any. Aefa is currently working on a memoir about what happens when a travel writer is hit by extreme travel anxiety. This is not the most ideal thing to happen to a travel writer. Provisionally titled The Joy, The Hope and The Wonder, it tells the story of how anxiety hit after the loss of her mum, brother and sister, and follows Aefa as she traces her fears, faces them and works out where she goes from here.