Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy (born 1957 in Dublin) is an Irish writer. She is a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award.


Morrissy was educated at the Rathmines School of Journalism. She worked in Australia, and as a sub-editor of The Irish Press.[1] She has taught creative writing for the University of Arkansas, and University of Iowa creative writing summer programmes. In 1995, she was awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.[2]

In 2008 - 09, Morrissy was Jenny McKean Moore "Writer in Washington" at George Washington University, Washington DC.[3] Morrissy was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library,[4] for her work-in-progress, The Duchess, an imagined autobiography of Bella O'Casey, the sister of Seán O'Casey. The novel was published in 2013 as The Rising of Bella Casey.[5] In 2015, Morrissy was appointed as lecturer in Creative Writing at University College Cork.[6]


Morrissy won a Hennessy Award for short fiction in 1984, a Lannan Literary Award in 1995, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 1996. In March 2015, Morrissy was elected a member of Aosdána.[7]


Short StoriesEdit

  • A Lazy Eye, London, Jonathan Cape/ New York, Scribner, 1993, ISBN 0-09-970141-3
  • New Irish Short Stories, ed. Joseph O'Connor, Faber and Faber, 2011, ISBN 0-571-25527-2
  • Dubliners 100, ed. Thomas Morris, Tramp Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0992817015
  • Prosperity Drive, Jonathan Cape, 2016, ISBN 978-0224102193



  1. ^ "The Eco-friendly Garden". 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  2. ^ "Mary Morrissy, Lannan". November 10, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jenny McKean Moore". George Washington University. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Fellows and Their Topics for the Year 2005-2006". New York Public Library. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hickling, Alfred (4 October 2013). "The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Mary Morrissy, University College Cork". creative writing ucc. May 10, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Aosdána elects 11 new members at its General Assembly". 6 March 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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