Dorothy Molloy allows survivors of sexual, physical and social violence to tell their stories as if life's horrors were little more than a passing distraction. The result is a series of finely-wrought poems of black comedy, in which the sinister and hilarious wrestle for supremacy. The settings reflect Molloy's world - Spain, France, her native Ireland - but these themes are universal: suffering, deceit, loss and the struggle for expression.
Dorothy Molloy was born in Ballina, County Mayo, in 1942, and grew up in County Dublin. She studied languages at University College, Dublin, before going to Barcelona where she worked as a historical researcher, journalist and painter. She returned to Dublin in 1979, where she lived with her husband. Dorothy Molloy died in 2004.