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Priscilla Morris

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Priscilla Morris is a British author who lives between Ireland and Spain. Born to a Yugoslav mother and Cornish father, she was 19 when war broke out in her mother’s country. She wrote her Sarajevo-set debut novel Black Butterflies (Duckworth, 2022) to understand the events that turned many of her mother’s relatives into refugees. It was shortlisted this year for the 'Women’s Prize for Fiction' and several other notable prizes.


Priscilla has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and read Italian, Spanish and Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. She currently teaches creative writing at University College Dublin.

In conversation with Priscilla Morris

Priscilla Morris in conversation about her debut novel Black Butterflies.


Set in 1992, Black Butterflies tells the story of artist and teacher Zora Kocovic during the first ten months of the siege of Sarajevo. Priscilla will discuss her research methods, the family stories that inspired her to write her Women’s Prize shortlisted novel and the line between fact and fiction.

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