Marita Conlon-McKenna

Marita Conlon McKenna is an award-winning Irish writer of both adult and children’s fiction. Her first book Under the Hawthorn Tree which was set during Ireland’s Great Famine, has become a children’s classic and is part of the international best-selling The Children of the Famine series. Other works include The Blue Horse, Safe Harbour and A Girl called Blue. Her adult novels include The Magdalen and Rebel Sisters, which is based on sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie Gifford and their part in the 1916 Rising. In Marita’s latest bestselling novel The Hungry Road she once again she returns to Ireland’s Great Hunger to tell the story of Doctor Dan Donovan, who battles to help the hungry and sick that flood into the West Cork town of Skibbereen, the local parish priest Father John Fitzpatrick who pleads for assistance for his people and seamstress Mary Sullivan’s determination to fight tooth and nail to feed her children and hold on to their small tenancy. It is an epic story of heroism and courage which shows the strength of the human spirit to endure and overcome even the darkest of times. She is a winner of the of the International Reading Association Award (U.S.) and The Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award (Ireland), Kalbach Klapperschlange, German Children’s Choice Book Award Reading Association of Ireland Award, IBBY-White Raven Book Choice, The Burke Medal (Trinity College Hist. Soc.) for her contribution to Discourse through the Arts. Her work has been adapted for stage, film and TV. She is a former Chairperson of Irish PEN and lives in Dublin.

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