Edwina Bowen was born in Dublin. Her first degree was a B.Comm with French at UCD, which led to a career in financial services in London. She now works part-time as an executive coach. She completed an M.Res in Creative Writing at Roehampton University, where she started working on the novel which forms the basis of her MPhil/PhD.
The creative element of her PhD thesis is a novel, a love story set in Dublin and London in the early nineties, which develops two inter-related themes: the role of trauma memory in the search for self, and how that is troubled by the mother-daughter relationship. The critical essay looks at Trauma Memory as Abject, examining these themes in her own work and that of selected contemporary female Irish writers.