At the London launch of Back Butterflies. Photo by @Matthewgammon.artist.

Priscilla Morris is a fiction writer from London, who lives between Ireland and Catalonia. Her debut novel, Black Butterflies, is published by Duckworth and has been awarded Indie Fiction Book of the Month for May 2022. She has an MA with Distinction and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and has taught creative writing at UEA, Kingston University and City Lit. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at University College Dublin. In her twenties and early thirties, she taught English as a foreign language in England, Spain and Brazil. She read Italian, Spanish and Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. She’s passionate about teaching creative writing.

The ground shakes and a cloud of black smoke spills over the rooftops. Somewhere beyond the ring of mountains, other people – normal people, living in freedom – are swimming in the sea and hiking in the mountains.

Black Butterflies, Priscilla Morris

Priscilla is represented by Sophie Lambert at C&W.

BLACK BUTTERFLIES has been published by Duckworth in May 2022 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo.

Priscilla Morris’ debut novel set during the siege of Sarajevo is captivating, heartrending – an irresistible and beautifully crafted portrait of a woman and her city falling apart. As one is swept up in Priscilla’s storytelling, one also inevitably calls to mind the still-shocking fact that this siege, the longest in modern warfare, and the larger Balkans conflict of which it was part, happened on our doorstep and in our lifetime.

Rowan Cope, Duckworth Books, the Bookseller.

writing in the butler room
Writing at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. July 2017. I love it here!

The Goat’s Bridge, near Sarajevo, Bosnia
Portrait by Conor Horgan, @conorhorgan, September 2021