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Anne Biggs is the author of the moving novel, “The Swan Garden” published by HBE Publishing. The novel is inspired by true life events surrounding institutions for unwed mothers run by the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Anne was born in Castlepollard, a mother-baby home in Ireland, and lived in an Irish orphanage in Dublin through her fourth birthday. Though in poor health, she was brought to America to live with her new adoptive family where she overcame numerous health issues.

She graduated from California State University of Fresno with a degree in English Literature, and later earned a Special Education Credential from Fresno Pacific University. Anne spent over 25 years in the classroom. The first 10 years were spent teaching high school Honors English, and the last 15 years in Special Education.

In 2008, Anne located her birth mother and traveled to Ireland. Along with her daughter, she spent quality time with her birth mother. After learning about her mother’s treatment, and those of other young girls in the mother-baby homes run by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Anne was inspired to create the characters in her first novel, The Swan Garden.

The author lives in Clovis, California with her family. Anne is currently working on her memoir and a sequel to The Swan Garden. You can read more about Anne’s incredible life story at Anne Biggs.

 

Side Note: The 2013 film “Philomena” starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan chronicles the true story of Philomena Lee, a woman who lived in one such Irish institution and years later began the search for her son who was taken away from her and adopted by an American family. The 2002 independent film “The Magdalene Sisters” also tells the story of abuse in the Irish Magdalene Sisters Laundries that housed “fallen” women, many of whom were forced to give up their babies for adoption.