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Anne Devlin (born 1951) is a short story writer, playwright and screenwriter born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was a teacher from 1974 - 1978 and started writing fiction in 1976 in Germany. Having lived in London for a decade, she returned to Belfast in 2007.[1]

She is the daughter of the late Paddy Devlin, a former Member of Parliament and founder of the Social Democratic and Labour Party. Devlin was raised in Belfast and left Northern Ireland for England. She was visiting lecturer in playwrighting at the University of Birmingham in 1987, and a writer in residence at Lund University, Sweden, in 1990.[2]

In 1982 she won the Hennessy Literary Award for her short story, Passages, which was adapted for television as A Woman Calling. She has written for the stage - Ourselves Alone (first performed in 1985) and After Easter (first performed in 1994) and for which she won the Lloyds Playwright of the Year.[1] Devlin has also written the screenplays for Titanic Town, which is adapted from a novel by Mary Costello, and Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Her short fiction was collected as The Way-Paver (1986). In 1984 she received the Samuel Beckett Award, she won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 1986.[3][4] She also wrote the screenplay for The Rainbow, produced by the BBC in 1988.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Anne Devlin". Alan Brodie Representation. Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  2. ^ "Author Biography - Anne Devlin". E-Notes. Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  3. ^ "Irish playography/biography - Anne Devlin". Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  4. ^ "Author - Anne Devlin". Irish Writers Online. Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  5. ^ Heron, Liz (3-9 December 1988). "Women in love with Lawrence". Radio Times (London: BBC Magazines) 259 (3392): 4–10.  

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