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DAVE DUGGAN

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Dave Duggan is a dramatist and novelist, writing in English and in Irish. He was born in London and raised in Waterford. Stage plays include Spike Dreams (Playhouse Derry, 2003); Bubbles in the Hot-Tub (Blue Eagle Productions, 2007); Doctor Watt’s Squeezebox (Lilliput Theatre Company, 2008); and Gruagairí (Aisling Ghéar, 2007) for which he was awarded the Stewart Parker Trust/ BBC Award. He wrote seven plays for Sole Purpose Productions between 1996 and 2007, published as Plays in a Peace Process (Guildhall Press, 2008). His radio dramas include Everyone’s Got A Mountain To Climb, for RTÉ (World Play, 2009), also broadcast by BBC World Service. He adapted his stage play Riders to the Road (after Synge’s Riders to the Sea) for RTÉ radio drama (2011), and was writer/director on Gerald Donaghey-Unfinished Business, for The Pat Finucane Centre and The Bloody Sunday Trust (2012). In 2013 he wrote A Fare Play for Voices for BBC Radio 4, with Amanda Burton, Bronagh Gallagher and Alan Wright. His novels are The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004); and A Sudden Sun, (Guildhall Press, 2012). His film work includes the Oscar nominated Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996). His political comedy, Comhairleoirí went on-line for BBC in 2011. He also wrote the pilot episode for Na Deich nAitheanta (Ulysses Films, 2010). His play Cú Dé received a rehearsed reading at the Abbey Theatre in 2009. He wrote and directed McLaughlin’s 100, (Bluebell Arts, 2013) a site specific theatre event and film, which was premiered at Foyle Film Festival. Awarded a Major Arts Award by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010, he lives in Derry. Dave runs workshop sessions for the University of Ulster, The Nerve Centre, the British Film Institute and numerous community and writers' groups. He blogs at breathingwithalimp.blogspot.com.