John McGahern Joint Writer in Residence: Marina Carr

one of ireland's 'most powerful' voices on stage joins the st patrick's College, drumcondra and dublin city university community

                                       Marina Carr

Internationally renowned playwright, Marina Carr, will take up her position this semester as The John McGahern Joint Writer in Residence at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Dublin City University. The residency will be centred in the Department of English, St Patrick’s College and the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University.

Described as ‘one of the most powerful, haunting voices on the contemporary Irish stage’ (Leeney, McMullan 2003: xv), Carr’s plays include Low in the Dark; The Mai; Portia Coughlan; On Raftery’s Hill; By The Bog of Cats; Ariel; Woman and Scarecrow; The Cordelia Dream; Marble; and 16 Possible Glimpses. Her plays for children are Meat and Salt and The Giant Blue Hand.

Marina Carr graduated from UCD in 1985. She has received many awards and prizes for her creative work, among them – The Macaulay Fellowship; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; The American Ireland Fund; The E.M. Forster Prize; The Irish Times Theatre Award; and The Puterbaugh Fellowship.

She has taught at Trinity, Villanova and Princeton. She is currently working on a play for the RSC and The ARK. Marina Carr is a member of Aosdána.

As Writer in Residence, Marina Carr will facilitate creative writing workshops in St Patrick’s College for Third Year English BA students and students from the MA in Theatre Studies programme who are selected for the group on the basis of their creative work. The Writer in Residence will also participate in the intellectual life of the university community by conducting writing seminars and giving readings of her work to students and staff on both the Drumcondra and Glasnevin campuses.

You can read further details on the John McGahern Joint Writer in Residency here.


Last Updated: Tuesday February 11 2014

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