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The Author

Frank McGuinness was born in Buncrana, County Donegal, in 1953. He studied at the University College, Dublin (UCD), receiving BA and M.Phil in medieval studies.

He began writing poetry in 1974, and from 1977 until 1979 taught linguistics and drama at the University of Ulster, Corelaine, Northern Ireland. He lectured in Old and Middle English at the University College, Dublin, 1979-1980.
He subsequently lectured English at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth which he does to this day.

In 1997 he returned to UCD a s a lecturer. His academic interests in literature, linguistics and Old and Middle English naturally influence his drama, as does almost everything else. History, politics and popular culture create a rich mixture and allow various readings.

Contemporary Ireland, of course, remains the main focus. This is even true for Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (1992), which is set in a cell in Lebanon.

McGuinness first major success as a playwright was the 1982 production of Factory Girls, a play about four women in a Donegal shirt factory who decide to take up industrial action.

McGuinness has been awarded the „London Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award” in 1985 for Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; „Harvey's Award”; the „Ewart-Bigg's Peace Prize”, the „Irish-American Literary Prize” in 1992; a „Fringe First Award”; and an „Antoinette Perry Award” nomination for Best Play for 1993 for Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.