Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 10am-4pm at Florence Filberg Centre in Downtown Courtenay

Mary Murphy


Mary Murphy, born in Wexford, Ireland, owns a creative fire that burns brightly. Mary is the author of five books (two works of fiction and four children’s books), has thirteen musical CD releases, is part owner of Dove Creek Recording Studios and is the owner/creator of Oola Body Care.



The Emerald Diaries: Secrets of an Irish Clan
(Historical Fiction/Fantasy: First edition 2009; New edition Summer 2023, Publisher: Dove Creek Studios)

Speaking Of: A houseful of eclectic works of fiction
(Mixed genre, Short fiction, Publication 2022 Publisher: Dove Creek Studios)

Trilogy – Away with the Fairies – Children’s Fiction:

  • Book Three – The Adventures of Nash the Dash Publication 2020
  • Book Two – Away with the Fairies Book Two Publication 2015
  • Book One – Away with the Fairies Book One Publication 2012

Publisher: Dove Creek Studios
All children’s books include audio and extras


Mary is based in the Comox Valley


A hiny new, fully edited and re-imagined 4th edition of this fantasy/fiction novel, AND recently shortlisted for a Page Turner Award for literary fiction.

Does she hail from a matriarchal lineage of madwomen? Or an ancestry of female power and purpose?

Norah’s life and novelist career are thriving and her once solitary existence is opening to a newfound love, but her enduring desire for a deep connection with her often dismissive mother, Úla, still feels elusive. After the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother, Norah finds a peculiar box while sorting the contents of her Nana’s old barn. This recovery turns Norah’s life into a whirlwind of discovery. Secrets and revelations pour forth from a mysterious family diary that details the intricately connected stories and lines of her foremothers.

Falling under the spell of the Irish Seannachí (storytellers), Norah must ignore the laws of logic as she journey’s into the ancient traditions and long-hidden ways of knowing. Through the process Úla unravels the puzzle of her own tumultuous maternal relationship as she and Norah work to repair theirs.

When Úla unexpectedly finds herself ar death’s door, Norah must risk testing ancient ceremonial traditions for new world solutions to save her mother.

Fiction, fantasy, history, folklore, and impish flights of fancy pleasurably collide for a startling and intoxicating read through the ages of Ireland.


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