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Emma Donoghue


B: October 19, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland

The youngest of eight children, Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland but moved to Canada in 1998. She writes fiction and history as well as drama for radio, the stage and screen. She is best know for her international bestselling novel Room, which was short-listed for the Man Booker and Orange prizes and was winner of the Commonwealth, Rogers Writers’ Trust and Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year awards. The film version of Room won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. Her 2022 film, The Wonder, co written with Sebastián Lelio and Alice Birch, is set in 1862, 13 years after the Great Famine. An English Nightingale Nurse Lib Wright (played by Florence Pugh) is called to the Irish Midlands by a devout community to conduct a 15-day examination over one of their own. Anna O’Donnell (Kíla Lord Cassidy) is an 11-year-old girl who claims not to have eaten for four months, surviving miraculously on “manna from heaven”. As Anna’s health rapidly deteriorates, Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of a community that would prefer to stay believing.

These are Emma Donoghue’s credits as a screenwriter. 

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Features & TV Movies:
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Pluck (2002, short)
Room (2015)
The Wonder (2022)

Poster for the 2015 film Room, courtesy of Elevation Pictures
Poster for the 2015 film Room, courtesy of Elevation Pictures