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Arnold Thomas Fanning

Arnold Thomas Fanning is an award-winning writer living in Co. Cork, Ireland.

His short stories, articles, and essays have been published in The Dublin Review, Banshee, the Irish Times, Crazyhorse Magazine, The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing, gorse, the Sunday Business Post, Hot Press, Longreads.com, Paper Visual Art Journal, and The Lonely Crowd. His work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1, including for Arena and A Living Word.

His stage plays include Those Powerful Machines (Dublin Fringe Festival 2008), Shafted (New Theatre New Writing Week 2009), Griswold (Focus Theatre 2012), and Pickin’ Up (Liberty Hall, 2013).

He has been a resident writer at Sachaqa Centro de Arte, San Roque, San Martin, Peru; the Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency at the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Person’s Centre, Montauk; the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan; and a Work-Study Scholar at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in Vermont.

He has been granted several Travel & Training Awards from the Irish Arts Council, was awarded a John Hewitt Society International Summer School Bursary, and in 2017 received an Arts Council Bursary in Literature.

He participated in the first Bray Literary Festival, in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, in 2017, the International Literature Festival Dublin in 2018, and the Dublin Book Festival 2018, as well as the First Fortnight Festival 2019.

His most recent play, McKenna’s Fort, premiered in the New Theatre, Dublin, in 2016, and was revived in the Teachers Club as part of the 13th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival where it won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing.

His first book, Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery is published by Penguin Ireland.