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About: Welcome

My Story

A Life in Words

Toni Morrison said; ‘If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must be the one to write it.’ 

My background as a child of Irish immigrants in Leicester, England, meant that I was steeped in Irish Catholicism and surrounded by my Irish uncles and aunts, my father’s siblings, who had followed him over to find work in England when there was non to be had in Ireland.

As a second generation Irish woman, I have always been fascinated by the complex relationship between Ireland and Britain over many hundreds of years. I read about Democracy, Empires and Colonialism.

I read lots of non-fiction about An Gorta Mór, the Irish Famine, but I was particularly interested in how women and their families managed in this terrible time.

I took Toni Morrison’s advice and started to write a novel. I needed to learn the art of writing as opposed to the craft of it and when I retired from full-time work in Further Education, I enrolled on a Masters degree in Creative Writing in 2018 and completed it in December 2021.

I have self-published two novels in this Irish Famine trilogy and am preparing the third for publication. 

'Daughters of the Famine Road' is the first in the trilogy. It is available to purchase, on Amazon Books.

The second in the trilogy is 'Daughters in Exile' also on Amazon in e-book or paperback.

One day, my six beautiful grandchildren may want to read about their Irish heritage and history.  These novels are for them. 

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