Margo Gorman’s love of literature is combined with passion for civil rights and human rights. She is an early fan of Flann O’Brien and shares his birthplace. She marched and studied through radical changes in Northern Ireland before moving on to sell labels in London. A study of Virginia Woolf; work with Travelling people; young unemployed; rights for women, children, gays and lesbians kept her on the move through Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester. She has also lived and worked in France and Belgium and found a life partner in Germany. Along the way there were reports and publications for Save the Children, European networks and institutions. Writing “All Different: All Equal” for the Council of Europe, followed by research on Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp, provoked her into writing a novel about the difficulty many survivors have in sharing their experience. In November 2009 she was shortlisted for the Virginia Woolf prize for an early version of the novel, “Bone and Blood”, and decided to write fiction full time. She moves between Irish roots in the Donegal garden on the Wild Atlantic way and inspiration in Berlin.

Margo Gorman

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