Irish Book Awards

Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness is Professor of Creative Writing at University College Dublin. A world-renowned, award-winning playwright, his first great stage hit was the highly acclaimed Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. His other plays include The Factory Girls, Innocence, Carthaginians, Someone Who’ll Watch over Me, Dolly West’s Kitchen and many more. His adaptations of classic plays include Lorca’s Yerma; Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya; Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, Peer Gynt, The Lady from the Sea, John Gabriel Borkman, Ghosts, The Wild Duck and Rosmersholm; Strindberg’s Miss Julie; Euripides’ Hecuba and Helen; Racine’s Phaedra; and dramatisations of James Joyce’s The Dead and Du Maurier’s Rebecca. His television screenplays include Scout, The Hen House, Talk of Angels, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Short Stay in Switzerland and A Song for Jenny. He is the recipient of the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, Harvey’s Best Play Award, Cheltenham Literary Prize Plays and Players Award, Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, London Fringe Award, New York Critics’ Circle Award, Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play, Best Revival Tony Award, Outer Critics’ Award, Prix de l’Intervision and Prix de l’Art Critique at the Prague International Television Awards. His first novel, Arimathea, was published by Brandon/O’Brien Press in 2013.

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