The Magdalene Poetry Project

Marcella's current project-in-process is a full-length collection of poems based on the Magdalene Laundries of Ireland, and their ongoing aftermath. These were institutions run by four Catholic orders of sisters, where girls and young women were incarcerated and forced into unpaid labor. The last laundry didn't close until 1996.

Marcella spent the summer of 2019 in Ireland, visiting the sites of former laundries. You can read her thoughts and impressions while on the trip here:

You can find out more about the Magdalene laundries and efforts to honor and ensure justice for Magdalenes here:

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