“The truth behind a story is incredibly important. Uncovering it, discovering what’s hiding behind the curtain, under the bed, swept under the carpet. Discovering the truth of what a character wants, watching them as they make their way towards it, seeing what they are prepared to do to get what they want. “– Máire Fisher
Publisher: Umuzi, Penguin Random House (2018)
The Enumerations is a fine book that grips the reader from beginning to end. Wise without being boring; sad, but with a refreshing sense of humour in places, and an unsentimental but real story about the dark that surrounds the most seemingly successful and ordinary people. This is a novel not to be missed.” (Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times)
“a compelling and sensitive story about families with problems” (Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times)
Publisher: Penguin Random House, South Africa (2014)
“There’s something about a young voice that really appeals to me. I think it’s the rushed, uncensored, unfiltered aspect of it, the innocence, the freshness. Bird’s developing voice surprised me with its insights into character. I loved her loyalty and devotion to her family, especially to her brothers. It was difficult, though, to imagine her inner life after the boys had disappeared. And by that I mean it was hard to feel her aching sense of loss, the sort that fills your chest when you realise something has gone and you don’t know if you will ever be able to get it back again. That’s what I felt as I was writing for her.” Máire Fisher
‘A luminous debut … brimming with quiet confidence’ – The Cape Times
‘A most touching read’ – The Mercury
‘An immensely poignant, lovingly crafted story’ – Pretoria News
I’ve been working with words for over 25 years, as an editor, running creative writing workshops for children and adults, and, of course, writing. I always loved English at school, and have been an avid reader all my life. My mother was a librarian in the small town of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and I read my way through the children’s library there.
I take a book with me wherever I go; when my husband and I sailed around the world many years ago, the most important thing about getting to land for me wasn’t stocking up with fresh fruit and veggies, it was finding a boat with good books to swap!
“The truth behind a story is incredibly important. Uncovering it, discovering what’s hiding behind the curtain, under the bed, swept under the carpet. Discovering the truth of what a character wants, watching them as they make their way towards it, seeing what they are prepared to do to get what they want. “
“I free write – heart to hand to pen to paper” (Maire Fisher in an interview with Nancy Richards, Country Life)
“I think it’s important and very rewarding to facilitate creative writing, to create a space where people can write without fear or worry.” (Maire Fisher in an interview with Kerry Hammerton)