Mary Kennedy first podcast interview features the renowned, funny and enduring character that is best-selling novelist, Patricia Scanlan. In this series Mary interviews a range of Irish women writers as diverse as , Christine Dwyer Hickey, Sheila O’Flanagan, Liz Nugent and Cathy Kelly. “Other interesting and innovative writers include Mary McAleese, Roisin Meaney and Rachael English, who all have had hugely accomplished careers in other fields. Do Like and share.
Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. All her books are #1 bestsellers and have sold in their millions, worldwide. Her novels, including the City Girl trilogy have sold over 1.4 million in Ireland alone. Her books are translated in many languages.
Her most recent novels include With All My Love, A Time For Friends, Orange Blossom Days and her latest novel The Liberation of Brigid Dunne.
She has also written two non-fiction books, Winter Blessings a personal anthology of thoughts, poems and memories. She has co-authored, with Aidan Storey, Pamela Young and Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, Bringing Death to Life An Uplifting Exploration of Living, Dying, the Soul Journey and the Afterlife
Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the award winning Open Door series of novellas, a literacy initiative she started with New Island Books in 1998, which has since published 40 novellas and several books of non-fiction. She has contributed four novellas to the series. She is the editor of Voices an Open Door anthology of short stories from some of Ireland’s foremost writers.
She is very interested in the life of Mary Magdalene, the Essenes and Cathars, and the restoration to its rightful place of the Divine Feminine Energy. She has travelled with co-author, Dr. Mary Helen Hensley, to Scotland to research Mary Magdalene’s journey to Iona and Mull, and looks forward to writing a book on the subject, in the near future.
When she’s not busy writing and editing she loves being outdoors and finds nature a balm to the spirit. Also balming to the spirit are her Prosecco Nights with the Gals, which take place at regular intervals, especially in Wicklow, where she spends as much time as she can.