October 24, 1969 |
|Occupation||novelist, short story writer, playwright, literary historian|
Emma Donoghue (born 24 October 1969) is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international bestseller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award and Slammerkin (2000) won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.
Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. The youngest of eight children, her father is Irish academic and literary critic Denis Donoghue. She has a first-class honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin (in English and French) and a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. Her thesis was on friendship between men and women in 18th century fiction. While in Cambridge she lived in a women's co-op, an experience which inspired her short story "The Welcome" (collected in Touchy Subjects). In 1998 she moved to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in 2004. She lives in London, Ontario with her partner and their two children.
Donoghue's first novel was 1994's Stir Fry, a contemporary coming of age novel about a young Irish woman discovering her sexuality. It was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1994. This was followed in 1995 by Hood, another contemporary story, this time about an Irish woman coming to terms with the death of her girlfriend. Hood won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature (now known as the Stonewall Book Award for Literature).
Slammerkin (2000) is a historical novel set in London and Wales. Inspired by an 18th century newspaper story about a young servant who killed her employer and was executed, the protagonist is a prostitute who longs for fine clothes. It was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction and was awarded the 2002 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction (despite a lack of lesbian content). Her 2007 novel, Landing, portrays a long-distance relationship between a Canadian curator and an Irish flight attendant. The Sealed Letter (2008), Donoghue's latest work of historical fiction, is based on the Codrington Affair, a scandalous divorce case that gripped Britain in 1864. The Sealed Letter was longlisted for the Giller Prize, and was joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction.
On July 27, 2010, Donoghue's novel Room was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and on September 7, 2010 it made the shortlist. On November 2, 2010, it was announced that Donoghue's Room had been awarded the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Room is also shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General's Awards in Canada and was the winner of the Irish Book Award 2010. It was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. but lost out to Tea Obreht
Speaking at the Lesbian Lives Conference in Brighton on Sunday 13 February 2011, Donoghue revealed that her next novel would be a historical fiction based on the true story of a murdered 19th century cross-dressing frog catcher.
- Stir Fry (1994)
- Hood (1995)
- Slammerkin (2000)
- Life Mask (2004)
- Landing (2007)
- The Sealed Letter (2008)
- Room (2010)
Short stories 
- "Dear Lang" (2009) in How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (ed. Michael Chart)
Short story collections 
- Kissing the Witch (1997)
- The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits (2002)
- Touchy Subjects (2006)
- Astray (2012)
Drama (Stage) 
- I Know My Own Heart (1993) (published 2001)
- Ladies and Gentlemen (1996) (published 1998)
- Don't Die Wondering (2005)
- Kissing the Witch (2000)
- The Talk of the Town (2012)
Drama (Radio) 
- Trespasses (1996)
- Don't Die Wondering (2000)
- Exes (2001)
- Humans and Other Animals (2003)
- Mix (2003)
- Pluck (2001)
Literary History 
- Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture 1668-1801 (1993)
- We Are Michael Field (1998)
- Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (2010)
Works edited 
- What Sappho Would Have Said (1997)
- The Mammoth Book Of Lesbian Short Stories (1999)
Further reading 
- Irish Writers on Writing featuring Emma Donoghue. Edited by Eavan Boland (Trinity University Press, 2007).
- Stoffman, Judy (2007-01-13). "Writer has a deft touch with sexual identities". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "Emma Donoghue — Bio". Official site. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- Richards, Linda (November 2000). "Interview — Emma Donoghue". January Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "Emma Donoghue — Writings". Official site. Retrieved 2000-10-05.
- Keehnen, Owen (1994). "Future Perfect: Talking With Irish Lesbian Author Emma Donoghue". glbtq.com. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "Stonewall Book Awards". American Library Association. Retrieved 2009-10-05.[dead link]
- Hagestadt, Emma; Hirst, Christopher (2001-05-08). "Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- Gonzalez, Alexander G. (2006). Irish women writers: an A-to-Z guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 98–101. ISBN 0-313-32883-8.
- O'Neill, Heather Aimee (2008-01-12). "Interview With Emma Donoghue". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- Brownrigg, Sylvia (2007-07-22). "In-Flight Moves". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
- "Emma Donoghue, Kathleen Winter make GG short list". The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010.
- Retrieved 22 March 2011.
- Tea Obreht
- "Emma Donoghue’s next novel to be set on cross-dressing, frog-catching Jeanne Bonnet". Lesbilicious.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.