The Waiting House

‘A year into writing a second draft, I catch the first unsettling drift of unease, like something unpleasant and indefinable under the floorboards.’

Essay 27th June 2024

Marianne Lee

Marianne Lee grew up in Tullamore, County Offaly and now lives in Dublin. She has a degree in Visual Communications from the National College of Art and Design and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin. She works as a designer and copywriter. Her debut novel, ‘A Quiet Tide’, a fictionalised account of the life of Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist, was published in 2020 by New Island. ‘A Quiet Tide’ was shortlisted for the 2021 Kate O’Brien Award and featured on RTÉ Radio One Book on One in spring 2022. Marianne is currently adapting ‘A Quiet Tide’ for the screen and working on a second novel.