Orla Broderick is a single Mother living with her daughter and dog on the beautiful Isle of Skye. She is Irish, originally from Co. Donegal but was raised in Co. Wicklow. She went to an all girls Irish Catholic Boarding school, but was always in trouble with the nuns, so she learned to write as one way to escape.
Orla was first published in The Irish Times. She won The Hot Press short story competition. She has been published in Chroma and PenPusher and has read her work on BBC Radio Scotland.
Her talent has been developed thus far by Peter Urpeth of HI-Arts and Roger Hutchinson. Her tutors include Angus Dunn, Kevin MacNeil and Andrew Greig. Orla is the founder of The Skye Literary Salon. She has participated in and devised creative writing workshops. Her writing is poetic prose and is compared with the writings of Dylan Thomas.
Orla Broderick is one of the 11 winners of the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award 2014.
The January Flower has been long listed for the Polari First Book Prize 2013.
The January Flower - the snowdrop - is the universal symbol of hope. Mary is any single mother struggling to keep hope in her heart. She loses everything, including her small daughter. Told in rich poetic prose and set on a remote Scottish island, this book will touch your heart. The writing has been likened to Dylan Thomas and Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The title is from Patrick Kavanagh's Advent.