Guest Author on Campus: Maria Donovan

October 3, 2017

Novelist and short fiction writer Maria Donovan will be reading from her work in the Moot Court (TC13) on October 6th 2017 at 6.30pm. All are welcome; admission is free.

Maria Donovan is a prize-winning author known for her off-beat short fiction. Her first book was a collection of ultra-short stories, Tea for Mr Dead, followed by collected stories in Pumping Up Napoleon (Seren).

Her new book, The Chicken Soup Murder (Seren), is a psychological tale about a hidden murder and the loss of loved ones, told by a boy. It is her debut novel and was a finalist for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Maria studied English at the University of Glamorgan and taught creative writing at this university for nine years, until 2009. She is from Dorset and has spent equal time in England, the Netherlands and Wales.

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'A thoroughly original, startling and very good novel indeed.’ – Fay Weldon

'A beautifully written debut, with characters to fall in love with.’ – Danny Wallace

'A lovely, warm-hearted novel about love and grief.’ – Francesca Rhydderch

'In her debut short story collection, Pumping up Napoleon, Maria Donovan emerged as a writer of controlled economy, power and originality. The Chicken Soup Murder shows she’s just as intelligent and entertaining in the long haul of the novel… It’s fresh, suspenseful and tantalising.’ – Christopher Meredith

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