‘Time Past and Present’ is the eighth novel by UEA alumna Deirdre Madden and has recently been published by Faber & Faber. Deirdre was born in Toomebridge in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before joining the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1984. Her first novella, ‘Hidden Symptoms’ was written during the course and published in 1986. It won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Her first novel, ‘The Birds of the Innocent Wood’, was published in 1988 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. Her 1997 novel, ‘One By One In The Darkness’, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1997. She has also written three books for children. Her most recent novel, ‘Molly Fox’s Birthday’, was published by Faber in 2008 and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.