Literature Ireland
Bridget O'Connor
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Bridget O'Connor

18 January 1961 - 22 September 2010

London-Irish writer Bridget O’Connor began her career as a writer with her award-winning short story Harp (1991), followed by two fast-paced, blackly comic short story collections, Here Comes John (1993) and Tell Her You Love Her (1997). Postcards, the story of a mother and daughter in rural Ireland, was included in The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction and A Woman’s Hair in the second edition in 2000.

Her play, The Flags, a black comedy about two unreliable lifeguards on a deserted Irish beach plotting their promotion to Banna Strand, stands comparison to the work of fellow London-Irish writer Martin McDonagh. She struggled to make the transition to novel writing, but found perhaps her true calling as a screenwriter (Sixty Six; Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Tragically, her Bafta for best adapted screenplay, which she won for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, was posthumous as she died of cancer in 2010.

Translated books

Here Comes John