Maryrose Cuskelly

Maryrose Cuskelly has worked as a freelance writer and editor for almost twenty years. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, and her debut novel, The Cane, will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2022.

In 2019, her book, Wedderburn: A True Tale of Blood and Dust (Allen & Unwin, 2018), was longlisted for Best Debut and Best True Crime in the 2019 Davitt Awards. In 2016, she was awarded the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing (non-fiction) for her essay on the 1972 abduction and murder of Marilyn Wallman.

She is the author of Original Skin: Exploring the Marvels of the Human Hide (Scribe 2010) and The End of Charity: Time for Social Enterprise (Allen & Unwin 2008) co-written with Nic Frances, and winner of the Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues.

She has twice been awarded fellowships at Varuna, The Writers’ House, most recently in 2020 for The Campers, a novel in development.

Specialises in:

  • General adult fiction
  • Literary non-fiction
  • Memoir
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