Year of Residency: 2022
Elizabeth Rose Murray writes in multiple genres for children, young adults, and adults. Her books include Caramel Hearts and the award-winning Nine Lives Trilogy; The Book of Learning (Dublin UNESCO Citywide Read 2016), The Book of Shadows (shortlisted Irish Literacy Association Award & Irish Book Awards), and The Book of Revenge. Recent anthology/journal publications include Women on Nature, The Elysian: Creative Responses, Reading the Future, Autonomy, Popshots, Banshee, Terrain, Not Very Quiet, Ropes, and Channel Magazine. Elizabeth lives in West Cork, Ireland.
Elizabeth’s writing is always deeply embedded in themes of place and belonging. From adventure stories to personal essays to nature writing, a key element of her work is how the self functions within a given locality, the boundaries presented as a result, and ways to overcome or bend those limitations. She is also dedicated to exploring the writing and reading process; how we write and why, the ways writing happens off the page, what impacts the themes we write about, and how others respond as a result. This has evolved into a deep interest in probing the liminal spaces between expectation and possibility; investigating words as private experience, art, and political outlet, while seeking ways to make the written word more accessible for all.
While on residency, Elizabeth will be redrafting her latest novel, as well as investigating her surroundings to inform future non-fiction work.