Michelle Dooley Mahon  aka The Scourge currently resides in her hometown of Wexford, Ireland with 2 small dogs who think they are people, and who possess an entire wardrobe as well as the unlikely names of Walter and Ernest. 

She has been writing since she was a child.

Following on from her hilarious, thought provoking stories and blogs she was introduced to an audience and has never looked back.

She appeared onstage at Culture Night at Cacá Milís Cabaret at Wexford Arts Centre where her story “The Haemorrhaging Humourist” (about a clown who bled to death in a cabin on a cross channel ferry) caused gasps of hilarity and shock.

Michelle then wrote a One Woman Show called “Before I Forget”  where she documents her lived experiences with brutal honesty in a way that was described as harrowing yet strangely beautiful. 

Having been awarded the Dylan Thomas Literary Residency  in Sweden, she took a plane, trains and automobiles to a town called Tranas where she ran amok for a month with poets and punks, culminating in writing a letter to the King of Sweden to tell him about the goings on of his subjects and their obsession with Bearnnaise Sauce.

You can read this and more on her blog at shellakeypookey.blogspot.com 

 Michelle opened at the Wexford Opera Festival Launch night on her 50th birthday in The Spiegeltent  with a show called The Eff Word  about family, and being fat and fifty 

In Scourged- a Memoir, she has documented the implosion of a family dynamic as her Mother Siobhán disappears with dementia in a novel that spans half a century, written in two voices - Siobhán recalling the birth and life of her first born “Scourge”, and the Scourge herself narrating the last decade of her Mother’s life  in a book that has been described as groundbreaking, brave, intimate,  and a triumph.

She wrote, edited and crowd funded the book following the loss of her beloved Mother and inspiration  - Siobhán on the last day of winter.

Her debut received rave reviews from the international audience who made up her funders and has been endorsed by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland as “a book like no other”

"The Scourge" was adapted from the memoir for the stage by the author and is performed by her in a 90 minute solo piece that has had audiences moved to tears and ovations wherever it has toured. 

It opens as part of the Origins1st Irish Theatre Festival at The Irish Repertory Theatre on 22nd Street on Jan 22nd 2020. 





For more of Michelle's writing follow her blog - 




Michelle Dooley Mahone Wexford

Michelle Dooley Mahone Wexford

scourged Book

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