Emma Donoghue — On Writing Historical Fiction

THU, NOV 29, 2018 (50:54)

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an award-winning writer in many genres who makes her home in Canada. She is best known for her 2010 novel Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and its film adaptation in 2015, for which she was nominated for Academy, Golden Globe and Bafta Awards.

Donoghue works in fiction both contemporary and historical, long-form and short, for adults and most recently for younger readers, with The Lotterys series. She also increasingly writes for the screen, adapting her own books as well as those of others for TV and film, as well as developing original projects.

+ BIO: Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1969, Emma Donoghue is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue (the literary critic). She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one eye-opening year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990, she earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin (unfortunately, without learning to actually speak French). Donoghue moved to England, and in 1997 received a PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. From the age of 23, she has earned her living as a writer, and has been lucky enough to never have an ‘honest job’ since she was sacked after a single summer month as a chambermaid. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 Donoghue settled in London, Ontario, where she live with Chris Roulston and their son Finn (12) and daughter Una (9).

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