Mary Dorcey was born in Dublin. Her poetry includes Kindling (London, Onlywomen Press, 1989); Moving into the Space Cleared by Our Mothers (Galway; Salmon, 1991); and The River That Carries Me (Salmon Poetry, 1995); and Like Joy in Season, Like Sorrow (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2001). Her fiction includes A Noise from the Woodshed: Short Stories ( London, Onlywomen Press, 1989); Scarlet O'Hara [A novella contained in the anthology In and Out of Time](London. Onlywomen Press, 1990); and the novel Biography of Desire ( Dublin, Poolbeg 1997). She has staged two dramatisations of poetry, In the Pink; and Sunny Side Plucked (Dublin, Project Arts Centre). She won The Rooney Prize for Literature in 1990.
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