THE FAMINE STORY
With Marita Conlon-McKenna
04/10/2020 at 4:00pm
A writers way to distil the calamity and catastrophe of The Great Irish Famine that links past and present and connects the mind and soul of readers on this long road of discovery.
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 and ‘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. History has always played a huge part in Marita’s writing career as she turns her curious eye on some of the most important events that have shaped Ireland’s history. In her latest bestselling novel ‘The Hungry Road’ Marita once again returns to the subject of Ireland’s Great Hunger telling the story of Doctor Dan Donovan, who battled to help the hungry and sick in the West Cork town of Skibbereen, Father John Fitzpatrick who pleaded for assistance for his people and seamstress Mary Sullivan’s desperate fight to feed her children and hold on to their small tenancy in an epic story of heroism and courage.
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 Chair Person of Irish PEN and lives in Dublin.
The Hungry Road by Marita Conlon-McKenna is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/