Author Talk: Dr Mary O’Connell presents The Country of Our Dreams | LIVE ONLINE

Wed 7 Jul 2021 - Wed 7 Jul 2021

6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

Online via Zoom

Join the conversation with writer, editor and historian Dr Mary O’Connell as we unpack her new novel The Country of Our Dreams.

This is a free live online only event
Online bookings essential.

Join our conversation with writer, editor and historian Dr Mary O’Connell as we delve into the themes and events featured in her latest novel The Country of Our Dreams set in 19th Century Ireland and 21st Century Australia. Tom Keneally (Shindler’s List) describes it as a skilfully told novel, Stephanie Dowrick says ‘Mary has the finest gifts of the diaspora Irish: passion, intelligence, humour and rebellion’.  

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About the author:
Dr Mary O’Connell is a Taranaki born, Sydney based writer, editor, historian and community arts organiser, with particular interest in matters of spirit.

Mary is a happy member of the Randwick Community Organic Garden , a proud member of the Australian Women’s History Network, the Irish Studies Association of Australia & New Zealand (ISAANZ, and the Randwick and Coogee Ladies Swimming Club.

Mary’s other books include an historical novel about the twelfth century mystic and musician Hildegard of Bingen. The King’s Daughter was reviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘Here is surprise, delight and instruction in skilfully blended harmony. Mary O’Connell has brought off the feat of recreating an entire society triumphantly. The achievement is extraordinary. … This is a delight, and, I’m prepared to bet, unlike anything you have read before.’

May’s PhD explored the amazing story of the young Irish Australian mystic, Eileen O’Connor (1892-1921). Published as Our Lady of Coogee by Crossing Press in 2009, it was described by Professor Alison Bashford as ‘a substantive social and interior history – of romance, conflict, love, sacrifice and pain. This is a work of extraordinary literary as well as intellectual skill.’

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