Archive : Literary Programme 2014

Mary Morrissy & John MacKenna

Mary Morrissy & John MacKenna
(Presented by Sue Leonard)

Mary Morrissy
John MacKenna

Bantry Library

Wed 9 July



Mary Morrissy and John MacKenna will read from their latest novels The Rising of Bella Casey and Clare and talk about fictionalising the lives of real people.

Mary Morrissy spins the reader backwards through the life of Bella Casey, sister of the playwright, Sean O’Casey in The Rising of Bella Casey (2013). Colum McCann has called it, ‘a wonderful book from one of our finest writers’.  Mary Morrissy is the author of three historical novels and awards include the Lannan Literary Award. 

John MacKenna’s novel Clare has been republished to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the English poet, John Clare, and is a fictionalised account of Clare’s life and was RTÉ’s Book on One. John MacKenna is the award winning author of sixteen books and his new novel Joseph will be published this September.