Maria Murphy started writing in 2005 when, out of curiosity, she joined an evening class in creative writing in her local community college. And so her love affair with words began. She had a short story published in ‘Ireland’s Own’ shortly afterwards and one on the web on Kildare County Council’s Stories for the Ear. She was a founder member of the Naas Harbour Writers and some of her poems were included in ‘Who brought the biscuits?’ which they self-published for charity in 2007. In May 2007, she was Secretary and Event Manager for the Aidan Higgins at 80 Literary Originally from Cork, she lived in London for five years, where she worked as a personal assistant to one of the Director’s of the Royal National Institute of the Blind. She returned to Ireland in 1997 and now lives in Co. Kildare with her husband and two sons. As well as her love for writing, Maria loves to sing and is a member of the Nás na Rí Singers, a choral choir in based in Naas.Festival.