Marie Rose O’Connor
Mary Rose is a retired librarian and ex-restaurateur who has twice recovered from cancer and now spends much of her time writing. Her novel manuscript was longlisted for the Varuna HarperCollins awards in 2005. Mary Rose says: "Thanks to the encouragement of Peter Bishop, I have not given up on the idea of a book. My original MSS has turned into a possible three books and I have, after a long period of wondering which one to concentrate on, started to revise the second one. I am now doing what I hope may be a draft with some potential, and I intend to apply for a Longlines Fellowship next year."