McKay is a writer from Derry, now living in the Irish Republic. Her journalism has been widely anthologised, including in the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.
She has written two critically acclaimed best sellers, Sophia’s Story, a
biography of child abuse survivor Sophia McColgan, and Northern
Protestants: An Unsettled People, a portrait of the community from which she
comes, as well as a history of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Without Fear.
Her book on the aftermath of the Irish conflict – Bear in Mind These Dead– was published by Faber and Faber in June 2008.