Her first volume of poetry, I Flying, was awarded the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her second volume, Doo-Wop Girls of the Universe, published by Penguin, was co-winner of the 2003 Sanlam Award for Poetry when submitted in the unpublished manuscript category. In March 2005, Penguin published her first novel, What Poets Need. She is also the author of several short stories published in local and international anthologies, and of an award-winning comedy, Bungee Writing Finals. A former Unisa lecturer, Finuala now works as a freelance writer, lecturer, editor and materials developer in Cape Town.