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Sebastian Barry was born on 5 July 1955 in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. His academic posts include Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1984) and Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin (1995-6). His early plays include Boss Grady's Boys (1990), which opened in 1988, and won the BBC/Stewart Parker Award. His play The Steward of Christendom (1995), was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in March 1995, an 'Out-of-Joint' Production with Donal McCann in the title role, subsequently transferred to Broadway. It won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the Ireland/America Literary Prize, the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play and the Writers' Guild Award (Best Fringe Play).

Sebastian Barry also won the Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year award in the same year. Our Lady of Sligo (1998) was joint winner of the Peggy Ramsay Play Award, and was seen off-Broadway, and Hinterland, premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and the Royal National Theatre, London in 2002. His latest plays are Whistling Psyche (2004), and The Pride of Parnell Street (2007), two interweaving monologues.

Barry has also written poetry, including the collections The Water-Colourist (1983) and Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever (1989); a novel for children, Elsewhere: the Adventures of Belemus (1985); and short novels, Time Out of Mind/Strappado Square (1983). His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998); translated into seven languages; Annie Dunne (2002), set in Wicklow in the 1950s; and A Long Long Way (2005), shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Sebastian Barry lives in County Wicklow, Ireland. His latest novel is The Secret Scripture (2006), shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and winner of the 2008 Costa Book of the Year Award.

Bibliography

Macker's Garden   Irish Writer's Co-operative, 1982

The Water-Colourist   Dolmen Press, 1983

Time Out of Mind/Strappado Square   Wolfhound Press, 1983

Elsewhere: The Adventures of Belemus   Brogeen Books, 1985

The Rhetorical Town   Dolmen Press, 1985

The Inherited Boundaries: Younger Poets of the Republic of Ireland   (editor)   Dolmen Press, 1986

The Engine of Owl-Light   Carcanet, 1987

Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever   Raven Arts Press, 1989

Prayers of Sherkin/Boss Grady's Boys: Two Plays   Methuen, 1990

The Only True History of Lizzie Finn/The Steward of Christendom/ White Woman Street: Three Plays   Methuen, 1995

The Steward of Christendom   Methuen, 1995

Plays 1: Boss Grady's Boys/Prayers of Sherkin/White Woman Street/The Only True History of Lizzie Finn/The Steward of Christendom   Methuen, 1997

Our Lady of Sligo   Methuen, 1998

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty   Picador, 1998

Annie Dunne   Faber and Faber, 2002

Hinterland   Faber and Faber, 2002

The Pinkening Boy: New Poems   New Island Books, 2004

Whistling Psyche/Fred and Jane   Faber and Faber, 2004

A Long Long Way   Faber and Faber, 2005

The Secret Scripture   Faber and Faber, 2006

The Pride of Parnell Street   Faber and Faber, 2007

Prizes and awards

1988   BBC/Stewart Parker Award   Boss Grady's Boys

1995   Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize   The Steward of Christendom

1995   Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play   The Steward of Christendom

1995   Ireland/America Literary Prize   The Steward of Christendom

1995   Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year Award

1995   Writers' Guild Award (Best Fringe Play)   The Steward of Christendom

1997   Peggy Ramsay Award   (joint winner)   Our Lady of Sligo

2005   Man Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   A Long Long Way

2007   International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award   (shortlist)   A Long Long Way

2008   Costa Book of the Year Award   The Secret Scripture

2008   Man Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   The Secret Scripture

 

 

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