Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. Her first play, The Mushroom Pickers, won the 2005 Scottish Drama Association's National Playwriting Competition, and premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in London in May 2006 and in New York in February 2009. She has published poetry, and short stories in The Dublin Review, Verbal Arts Magazine, Cyphers, Brace - published by Comma Press, Random Acts of Writing, The Frogmore Papers, Wordlegs, Wasafiri Magazine. She was Writer-in-Residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Pushkin Trust in July 2007. She recently won first prize in the Northern Ireland Spinetinglers Dark Fiction competition and was selected for the 2009 Poetry Ireland Introduction series of emerging poets. Her most recent play, Leopoldville, was this year selected by David Hare as a finalist in the 2010 Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition and won the 2010 Papatango New Writing Award. It was recently staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London to much critical acclaim. In 2010 Jaki was awarded a bursary in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and also received a Peggy Ramsay Award in recognition of her playwriting. Her short story, ‘The Visit’, won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize and she was also recently announced winner of the first Liverpool Lennon (Paper) Poetry Competition by Carol Ann Duffy, for her poem, ‘The Selkie of Dorinish’. She was also recently shortlisted in both the Fish Short Story Award and the Bridgehouse Publishing Short Fiction Award, with her story, ‘Hellebores’. You can visit her blog here.

Read Jaki's story 'Stitch-up'.

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