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Emma Donoghue




An accomplished novelist, scriptwriter for radio and stage, literary historian and teacher, Emma Donoghue grew up in a literary family in Dublin.  She wrote poetry as a teenager, and kept a record of her writings in a series of bound books.  After completing a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and French from University College Dublin, she moved to England and received a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Cambridge.


Most of the plots in Ms. Donoghue’s novels are inspired by real case studies.  Her bestselling book, The Room, was inspired by the real-life case of a man who locked his daughter in a room for 24 years.  A five-year-old boy who is confined to an 11 by 11 foot room where he lives with his mother, never having seen the outside world, narrates the book.  The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, and won a number of awards, including the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year. Her fiction has been translated into over 40 languages. 


Ms. Donoghue’s short stories have been published in many journals, including Granta, the New Statesman, and The Sunday Express.  She has taught creative writing for the Cheltenham Literary Festival, The University of Western Ontario and the University of York (UK).  After many years of commuting between Ireland, England and Canada, Ms. Donoghue moved to London, Ontario, Canada, where she now resides.


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