Mark O'Flynn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 from Swinburne Institute and later completed a script-writing course at the Victorian College of the Arts. O'Flynn has written 'Jokers at Work' and 'The Surfing Show' for the Mill Theatre and 'Waiters' and 'War 'n' Pieces' for the Victorian Arts Council. As well as plays, he has produced fiction, poetry and radio programmes. In 2001 he was a founding member of Weatherboard Theatre Company and received funding from the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts to write 'Eleanor and Eve' (a play about Eve Langley and Eleanor Dark qq.v.), performed by the Railway Street Theatre Company and the Weatherboard Theatre Company at the Q Theatre, Penrith in 2003. In 2007 he was recipient of a writing residency in Ireland funded by the Australia
Council. O'Flynn lives in the Blue Mountains (2006).
'Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains. Regarded by locals as a colourful eccentric, she dresses in men's clothes and fearlessly pursues her artistic path.
'All that matters to Ava is her writing. Words offer beauty and a sense of possibility when so much else has been lost. But can they offer her redemption in her last days?
'Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of a true maverick.' (Publication summary)