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Máire Fisher

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About Live Writing

Máire Fisher lives in Fish Hoek with her husband, Rob, her two sons, Dan and Kieran, and two Irish terriers, Finnegan and Riley. Formerly an English teacher, Máire now works as a freelance writer and editor. Máire started the LiveWriting website, aimed at providing resources for writers and editors. This website is inactive at the moment, but Máire hopes to update it shortly.

Máire also runs writing workshops for children. For the past three years she has co-facilitated the PEG Fiction Editors’ Conference in Franschhoek along with Joanne Hichens and Nella Freund. In 2013 she co-edited Bloody Satisfied, an anthology of crime fiction with Joanne Hichens.

Máire own writing has been published in Twist, Just Keep Breathing, Writing the Self, Women Flashing, A woman sits down to write, South African Writing and online by LitNet and E2K.

In 2013 Máire participated in a FunDza initiative ‘Mentoring our Future Writers’ funded by the National Arts Council. She was chosen to be one of five authors to mentor to five aspirant writers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Maire wrote a two-part story with Jean-Paul Willemse, ‘Among the Stars’. These stories were published on FunDza’s mobi network between October and December 2013. The stories will be published in a print anthology, entitled It takes TWO! which will be distributed to FunDza’s reading groups and other interested parties countrywide.

Máire is a regular member of a writing group that meets for writing retreats at the Grail in Kleinmond.

Máire’s first novel, Birdseye will be published by Umuzi in August 2014. Set in the Cape and told through the eyes of a young girl called Bird, the novel is a coming-of-age story that contemplates family secrets, loss and love that endures.

She is working on her next novel, tentatively titled Love, Life and Second-hand Books.


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