Seán Mac Mathúna
Rugadh Seán Mac Mathúna i dTrá Lí, Co. Chiarraí. Gearrscéalaí, úrscéalaí agus scríbhneoir drámaí é a bhfuil cáil ar úire a shamhlaíochta agus go háirithe ar a acmhainn grinn. Foilsíodh gearrscéalta le Seán go rialta in The Irish Times agus in The Irish Press as Béarla, agus as Gaeilge san iris Comhar. Thuill sé ionad ar leith dó féin mar ghearrscéalaí cumasach leis an gcnuasach Ding agus Scéalta Eile (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1983). D’ainmnigh an Chomhairle Ealaíon The Atheist and Other Stories (Wolfhound, 1987) do Dhuais Litríochta an Aontais Eorpaigh. Bhuaigh an cnuasach gearrscéalta, Banana (Cois Life, 1999), Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin/Leabhar Gaeilge na Bliana in 1999. Nuair a bhí Ding agus Scéalta Eile agus Banana as cló foilsíodh rogha scéalta leis faoin teideal Úlla (Cois Life, 2005) agus cuireadh athchló ó shin air. Bhuaigh dráma Sheáin, The Winter Thief/Gadaí Géar na Geamh-oíche, Duais Drámaíochta Bhanc na hÉireann i Lios Tuathail in 1991. Thaibhigh Amharclann na Mainistreach an dráma in 1992 — ceithre oíche as Béarla in aghaidh na seachtaine, agus dhá oíche as Gaeilge leis an bhfoireann chéanna. Thaibhigh Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe an dráma Hula Hul (Leabhar Breac, 2007). Bhuaigh Seán gradam Oireachtais dá úrscéal, Gealach (Leabhar Breac, 2012). Is é an dráma is deireanaí uaidh Duilleoga Tae (Arlen House, 2015).
Seán Mac Mathúna is an Irish writer, born in Tralee, County Kerry. His work has been published in both Irish and English. His collection in English, The Atheist and Other Stories (Wolfhound Press, 1987) was nominated by the Irish Arts Council for the European Prize in Literature. He began his literary career as a writer of short stories, a number of which were published in Irish in Comhar and in English in The Irish Times and The Irish Press. In 1983 his first collection, entitled Ding (Wedge), was published by An Comhlacht Oideachais. His second Irish-language collection, Banana, was published by Cois Life in 1999, and won Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin/Irish Book of the Year Award. In 2005 his selected short stories were published by Cois Life under the title Úlla (Apples). Mac Mathúna has written four novels. One of them, entitled Gealach (Moon), was published by Leabhar Breac in 2012 and won an Oireachtas prize. Mac Mathúna is also a playwright. In 1992 the Abbey Theatre produced The Winter Thief/Gadaí Géar na Geamhoíche in English and Irish on alternate nights, using the same cast. An Taibhdhearc theatre in Galway produced his play Hula Hul. His most recent play is Duilleoga Tae (Arlen House, 2015).