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Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness (born 29 July 1953 in County Donegal, Ireland) is an award-winning Irish playwright, translator and poet.


McGuinness was born in Buncrana, a town located on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, part of the Province of Ulster in the Republic of Ireland. He was educated locally and at University College Dublin, where he studied Pure English and medieval studies to postgraduate level.

He first came to prominence with his play The Factory Girls, but established his reputation with his play about World War I, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, which was staged initially in Dublin's Abbey Theatre and then internationally. It won numerous awards including the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for McGuinness. He has also written new translations of classic dramas, including works by Anton Chekov, Bertolt Brecht and Henrik Ibsen. In addition, he wrote the screenplay for the film Dancing at Lughnasa, adapting the stage play by fellow Irishman Brian Friel.

McGuinness's first poetry anthology, Booterstown, was published in 1994. Several of his poems have been recorded by Marianne Faithfull, including Electra, After the Ceasefire and The Wedding.

McGuinness previously lectured in Linguistics and Drama at the University of Ulster, Medieval Studies at University College, Dublin and English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He is now a writer-in-residence lecturing at University College Dublin.



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Additional reading

  • Eamonn Jordan The feast of famine: the plays of Frank McGuinness (Bern: Peter Lang, 1997) ISBN 3906757714
  • Helen Lojek (ed.) The theatre of Frank McGuinness: stages of mutability (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2002) ISBN 1-904505-01-5
  • Hiroko Mikami, Frank McGuinness and his Theatre of Paradox (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 2002)

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