Mary Beckett was born in Belfast in 1926.
She began writing in her twenties, first for the BBC, and then for literary magazines.
Her stories are collected as A Belfast Woman (Dublin, Poolbeg, 1980/New York, William Morrow, Beechtree Books, 1998); and A Literary Woman (London, Bloomsbury, 1990).
Her novel is Give Them Stones (Bloomsbury, 1987/New York, Beechtree Books, 1987).
She has also written children’s books, including Orla was Six (Poolbeg Press, 1989, illustrated by Carol Betera); Orla at School (Poolbeg Press, 1991, illustrated by Carol Betera); A Family Tree (Poolbeg Press, 1992, illustrated by Ann Kennedy); and Hannah, or the Pink Balloons (Cork, Marino Books, 1995).
She was awarded The Sunday Tribute Arts Award for Literature in 1987.
She lives in Dublin.
Mary Beckett Biography
Mary Beckett at The National Library of Ireland