Anne Devlin (writer)

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Anne Devlin

Anne Devlin (born 13 Sept 1951)[1] is a short story writer, playwright and screenwriter born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was a teacher from 1974–1978 and started writing fiction in 1976 in Germany. Having lived in London for a decade, she returned to Belfast in 2007.[2]

She is the daughter of Paddy Devlin, a Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP) Member of the Parliament of Northern Ireland and later a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). She was raised in Belfast. In January 1969, while a student at the New University of Ulster, Devlin joined a civil rights march from Belfast to Derry, organised by the People's Democracy. At Burntollet Bridge, a few miles from Derry, the march was attacked by loyalists. Devlin was struck on the head, knocked unconscious, fell into the river and was brought to hospital suffering from concussion. The march was echoed in her 1994 play After Easter.[3] Devlin subsequently left Northern Ireland for England. She was visiting lecturer in playwriting at the University of Birmingham in 1987, and a writer in residence at Lund University, Sweden, in 1990.[4]

In 1982 she won the Hennessy Literary Award for her short story, Passages, which was adapted for television as A Woman Calling. She has written for the stage - Ourselves Alone (first performed in 1985) and After Easter (first performed in 1994 and for which she won the Lloyds Playwright of the Year).[2] Devlin has also written the screenplays for Titanic Town, which is adapted from a novel by Mary Costello, and Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and the BBC serial The Rainbow (1988). Her short fiction was collected as The Way-Paver (1986). In 1984 she received the Samuel Beckett Award, and, in 1986, she won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.[5][6] She also wrote the screenplay for The Rainbow, produced by the BBC in 1988.[7] A major radio play written by Devlin, entitled The Forgotten, was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.[8]


  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 13 September 2014. p. 55.
  2. ^ a b "Anne Devlin". Alan Brodie Representation. Archived from the original on 11 December 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  3. ^ Virginie Privas (2006). "Anne Devlin's Ourselves Alone (1987) and After Easter: autobiographical plays?" (PDF). Hyper Articles en Ligne. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Author Biography - Anne Devlin". E-Notes. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Irish playography/biography - Anne Devlin". Irish Theatre Institute. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Author - Anne Devlin". Irish Writers Online. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  7. ^ Heron, Liz (3–9 December 1988). "Women in love with Lawrence". Radio Times. London: BBC Magazines. 259 (3392): 4–10.
  8. ^ "Broadcast Details for The Forgotten, by Anne Devlin". BBC Radio 4 (This radio play is available via iTunes.).