All Contributors 2016

Marita Conlon-McKenna

Marita Conlon-McKenna


Marita Conlon-McKenna is one of Ireland’s best loved authors and her books are enjoyed by readers across the world. Her first book Under the Hawthorn Tree – published in 1990 and a recipient of many national and international awards – is set during The Great Irish Famine. It is now part of the best-selling “The Children of the Famine” series. Marita’s other children’s books include The Blue Horse winner of ‘The Bisto Book of the Year Award’, Safe Harbour, In Deep Dark Wood and Love Lucie.

Marita also writes women’s fiction and her novels regularly top the best seller list and have been widely translated. Drawn to write about the women and girls who were sent to work and live in Ireland’s infamous Magdalen Laundries, Marita’s first adult novel The Magdalen, was hugely successful when it was published in 1999. Other books include The Stone House, The Matchmaker, Mother of the Bride, Three Women and The Rose Garden (published June 2013).

Marita’s new novel ­Rebel Sisters will be published in 2016.