MARGARET HAWKINS has been working as a freelance journalist since 1990 and writes feature articles principally for the Irish Farmers Journal. She has been the paper’s health columnist since 2003. She has had short stories published, one-act plays staged and her radio essays have also been broadcast on RTE 1’s Sunday Miscellany and published in two of its anthologies. Her first novel, Deny Me Not, was published in 2013. Margaret lives and writes on a farm in County Wexford.
From painted nails to pilgrimages, red squirrels to red shoes, talking bikes to wedding blessings, power moves to pews on wheels, Irish rural writer, Margaret Hawkins, captures incidents, reactions and emotions to stir the heart and trigger a smile in this new poetry and prose collection
Rose Quinn died in an asylum less than a year after being committed by her brother for refusing to live with the man she had been forced to marry. The story remained a family secret for three generations. This is the story of Rose and how her family brought her story to light in the 21st century, a testament to her and others who suffered this cruel fate.
Born in a 1960s mother and baby home - Bethany Home - Hannah Casey has never known her father but when her mother finally discloses his name she is determined to confront him. Set in 2004 DENY ME NOT is a story about chickens coming home to roost, the nature of love and greed and of how secrets revealed have the power to knock a world sideways.