Arnold Thomas Fanning

Writer in Dublin, Ireland

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I am an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, short story writer, essayist, and memoirist. My short stories and essays have been published in the Dublin Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Crazyhorse Magazine, The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing and elsewhere, and a new story is forthcoming in gorse. My work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1. My plays include Those Powerful Machines (Dublin Fringe Festival 2008), Shafted (New Theatre New Writing Week 2009), Griswold (Focus Theatre 2012), and Pickin’ Up (Liberty Hall, 2013).

I have been a resident writer at Sachaqa Centro de Arte, San Roque, San Martin, Peru, the Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency at the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Person’s Centre, Montauk, New York, the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts Virginia, USA, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. I have received several Travel & Training Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and have been awarded an Arts Council Bursary in Literature 2017.

My most recent play, McKenna’s Fort, about revolutionary and humanitarian Roger Casement, premiered in the New Theatre, Dublin, and went on to win the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing at the 13 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 2016.

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