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Arnold Thomas Fanning

Playwright & Writer

Arnold Thomas Fanning is an award-winning playwright, and a screenwriter, short story writer, essayist, and memoirist. His short stories and essays have been published in the Dublin Review, Banshee, The Irish Times, Crazyhorse Magazine, and The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing. His work has featured on BBC radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1. His 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 won several Travel & Training Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and has been awarded an Arts Council Bursary in Literature 2017. His most recent play, McKenna’s Fort, about revolutionary and humanitarian Roger Casement, premiered in the New Theatre, Dublin, and went on to win the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing at the 13th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 2016. He is author of Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery , regarded by critics as one of the best books of 2018.

My Sessions

Mind on Fire

The Masonic Lodge

A beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness – and recovery, to the point where he has not had any serious illness for over a decade and has become an acclaimed playwright. Fanning conveys the consciousness of a person living with mania, psychosis and severe depression with a startling precision and intimacy. Mind on Fire is the […]

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