Maighread Medbh


Maighread Medbh was born in Co. Limerick, Ireland, and now lives in Swords, Co. Dublin. Widely known for her experimental approach to text and powerful performance style, she has been described as ‘a unique presence in the Irish literary scene’. Following her debut poetry collection, The Making of a Pagan (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 1990), the conviction that poetry emerges from one’s body led her to experiment with musical rhythms and moved her towards dramatic poetry. In the nineties, much of her work addressed political and social matters, and was primarily published in dramatic form. During this time, she was also writing novels and other works.
Maighread now has seven published collections and a non-fiction work, Savage Solitude, which is a scholarly, dramatised study of the lone state, published by Dedalus Press in April 2013. Her most recent book, Parvit of Agelast, a verse fantasy, was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize in 2017. She's currently pursuing a creative PhD in DCU.

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The 13th Cone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,040. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The 13th Cone is a fantasy novel for teenagers and adults. Next to the known world is one without time, but with infinite space. Dinn, the heroine, is a stranger, excluded from normal family life, obliged to eat food and wear clothes stolen from the 'Hinterland'. When she finds out the meaning of it all, it's a shock that changes the complexion of her life and demands action. A changeling story.
The Coal-black Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Set in Dublin and spanning a time period from 1976 to 1999, The Coal-black Sea is a novel of violence, frustration, introspection, and illusory desire. Obsessed with her every feeling, Joan Fey finds herself abusive and moral in a confused mix. She may be to blame for criminal acts, but without a witness, who will be her judge and jury?
The Body Coat
Price: Free! Words: 103,330. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
The Body Coat is a fantasy-realist novel, set in a changing Ireland fraught with unwanted pregnancies, religious scandals and revelations of family abuse. Jacqui Byrnes has been a victim and also carries a deep guilt. Defiantly beautiful, she is again abused by her husband and chooses a strange method of escape, offered by a town in which, as always, she's a natural outsider. But what's real?

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