Maria C. McCarthy

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Author of strange fruits, As Long as it Takes and There Are Boats on the Orchard

253054_10150264190429179_531564178_8806395_4031660_nMaria C. McCarthy was born in Ewell, Surrey in 1959, and raised by Irish parents. Her Irish heritage features strongly in her poetry, stories and her columns for BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths (written and broadcast as Maria Bradley). Her first poetry collection, strange fruits, was published by Cultured Llama in 2011. She has an MA with distinction in creative writing from the University of Kent.  She is the winner of the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2015, for her her short story ‘More Katharine than Audrey’, which appears in As Long as it Takes. Her website is

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