A writer from birth, Máire studied film at college, where she wrote screenplays and short films; then she stayed on in Galway working for the youth theatre.
“I was studying film production at the time, and I hated it!”
Then it was off to Japan, where she taught English, before going back to college to take a Masters in writing.
“That was when I decided to write prose,” she says. “At the end, a group of us published an anthology, and we kept on meeting, but then I moved from Galway back to Dublin.”
In 2013, with the novel already underway, Máire won the Doire Press International Fiction Chapbook Competition, and as a result published a collection, Your Mixtape Unravels my Heart.
Who is Mâire T Robinson
Date of birth: 3rd October 1980, in Dublin.
Education: Rockford Manor. Galway-Mayo IT, Film Studies. NUI Galway, Masters in writing.
Home: Dublin 8.
Family: Husband John Murphy.
The Day Job: Teaching TEFAL in a language school.
Interests: Watching Netflicks and reading a lot.
Favourite Writers: Margaret Atwood; Amy Hempel; Elif Shafak; Philip Roth; T. C. Boyle; Anne Tyler and A. M. Homes.
Second Novel: “I’m planning a set of linked short stories set in Dublin.”
Top Writing Tip: Don’t worry about the adage ‘write what you know.’ If you begin with the characters and make them as believable as possible, the book will grow from that, organically, and the details will be truthful, even if you have not experienced them.
Web: www.MaireTRobinson.com Twitter: @Mairetrobinson
The Debut: Skin, Paper, Stone. New Island Books: €9.99. Kindle: €7.47.
When Stevie moves to Galway to take a PhD she feels slightly adrift. And when she meets Joe Kavanagh, an artist with equally little purpose they feel a deep affinity. But can the two overcome their problems and let the romance run its course?
Taking place amongst the misfits of Galway, the book weaves in historical women’s issues, and themes of body image and fertility.
“The novel grew from a short story about Stevie. I’d started two novels before, and feared I would fail again. But this kept getting longer and longer.”
The Verdict: Brilliantly written, this is a superb take on the apathy wrought by recession in Ireland. Insightful and compelling.
Published in The Irish Examiner, 2nd May, 2015
© Sue Leonard 2015