Mary Morrissy is the Associate Director of Creative Writing. She is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. She has taught creative writing in the US and Ireland since 2000.
In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award for work “of exceptional quality”. Mother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread (now Costa) Award and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey were both nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award.
She has over 30 years’ experience as a journalist on three of Ireland’s national newspapers.
She teaches modules on Reading the Novel, Craft and Technique of the Short Story, Writing for Media and she leads the Fiction Workshop.