Writers

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Marina Carr

Marina Carr’s plays to date are Ullaloo, 1989; Low in the Dark, 1991; The Mai, 1994; Portia Coughlan, 1996; By the Bog of Cats, 1998; On Raftery’s Hill, 1999; Ariel, 2000; Woman and Scarecrow, 2004; The Cordelia Dream, 2006; Marble, 2007; 16 Possible Glimpses, 2009. Her two plays for children are Meat and Salt, 2003 and The Giant Blue Hand, 2004. The RSC produced the world premiere of her reimagining of Hecuba at the Swan Theatre in September 2015, and in August 2015 the Abbey Theatre produced a major revival of By the Bog of Cats. Her reimagining of Anna Karenina played for two months in the Abbey Theatre’s main house, finishing at the end of January 2017.

Her work has been translated into many languages and is produced around the world. Her plays have been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, The Royal Court, Wyndham’s Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, McCarter Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of Rigoletto for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Prizes she has received include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the American/Ireland Fund Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Macaulay Fellowship, and the Puterbaugh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdána.

She has taught at Trinity College Dublin, Villanova University and Princeton University. Currently, she lectures in the English department at Dublin City University.

She is published by The Gallery Press, Nick Hern Books and Faber & Faber.

Nuala NÍ Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is the author of four collections in Irish: An Dealg Droighin, Féar Suaithinseach, Feis and Cead Aighnis. She also has also five dual-language books with English translations: Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems, Pharaoh’s Daughter, The Astrakhan Cloak, The Water Horse and The Fifty Minute Mermaid.

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is also the author of four plays for children: Jimín, An Ollphiast Ghránna, Destination Demain, and An Bramaichín Gioballach. She has written a book of essays in English, Selected Essays. In 2015, she collaborated with the musician Shaun Davey in a series of songs on the life of Nora Barnacle, which premiered at the National Concert Hall. A book of short stories, Seanchathracha na hÁise Bige is due to be published in 2017.

Cead Aighnis was chosen as the 1998 entry for The Irish Times Series, "Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks." A stanza from her poem "Ag Tiomáint Siar" is incorporated into the watermark of the Irish passport.

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Julian Gough

Julian Gough is the author of three acclaimed novels, two BBC radio plays, a successful stage play, and the ending to possibly the most successful computer game of all time, Minecraft. He also sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 and has been shortlisted twice for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize. A poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010, and in 2013 he had a UK number one Kindle Single with the comic novella CRASH! His fourth novel, Connect, will be published by Picador in early 2018. Julian also writes children's fiction: Rabbit's Bad Habits (illustrated by Jim Field) was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year Award in 2016; its sequel, The Pest in the Nest, has just been published. Julian was born in London, grew up in Ireland, and usually lives in Berlin.

Eoin McNamee

Eoin McNamee is the author of seventeen novels, including Resurrection Man, The Ultras and the Blue Trilogy. He wrote the script for the film version of Resurrection Man and I Want You, directed by Michael Winterbottom. The Blue Tango was nominated for the 2001 Man Booker Prize. Blue is the Night won the 2015 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He is a member of Aosdána.

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Deirdre Madden

Deirdre Madden has published eight novels, including The Birds of the Innocent Wood, Authenticity, Molly Fox’s Birthday and, most recently, Time Present and Time Past. She has also published three novels for children and edited the anthology All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories. All her work is published by Faber & Faber. She has won awards including the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Kerry Book of the Year. She was twice shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and her first novel for children won the Eilís Dillon Award. Her novel One by One in the Darkness was selected by The Irish Times in 2000 as one of the 50 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century, and Molly Fox’s Birthday was chosen by Fintan O’Toole for "Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks." Her work has been widely anthologised and translated. She teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin to undergraduates and on the MPhil programme at Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre. She is a member of Aosdána.