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Award winning writer Emma Donoghue receives honorary degree in UCD

1st September 2011

A University College Dublin graduate and Irish novelist Emma Donoghue was today awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. Emma graduated from UCD in 1990 with a first class BA degree in English and French and a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge. She is widely recognised for her novels which include Stir Fry published in 1994.This was followed in close succession by six further novels which have been translated into over forty languages and have won numerous awards and prizes. 

Emma Donoghue, Dr Hugh Brady and Prof Anne Fogarty 

In her citation for Emma Donoghue, Professor of James Joyce Studies, Anne Fogarty from the College of Arts & Celtic Studies, School of English, Drama & Film, UCD said “In addition to her remarkable achievements as a novelist Emma Donoghue has proven her virtuosity in several other genres; she has produced three collections of short stories, four plays, and several radio plays and film scripts.  A further play on the life of the Irish writer Maeve Brennan is being work-shopped at the 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival.  Emma Donoghue’s output as a literary historian has been equally prodigious: she has published a ground-breaking study of British lesbian culture between 1668 and 1880; she has written a monograph on girl-girl plots in Western literature; she has composed the biography of Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper, two Victorian poets and lovers who co-wrote under the pseudonym of Michael Field; and she has edited two anthologies, one of lesbian short stories and the other of poetry between women.

Her international best seller novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. In 1995 she won the Stonewall Book Award for her novel Hood and in 2000 she was awarded the Ferro-Grumley award for Slammerkin for Lesbian Fiction. Her most recent collection of short stories, Touchy Subjects was published in 2006 and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

Emma lives in Canada with her partner Chris Roulston and son Finn (7) and daughter Una (4).