Vincent Woods

Commentary

Life
1960- ; b. Tarmon, Co. Leitrim; ed. Lough Allen College, Drumkeeran, and College of Journalism, Rathmines; newscaster and ‘Morning Ireland’ current affairs presenter at RTÉ, 1983-89; resigned to travel in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific; plays for Druid Theatre Company are John Hughdy / Tom John, double-bill produced by Druid Theatre Co., Galway (1991); At the Black Pig’s Dyke (Druid 1992) was winner of Stewart Parker award (1993) and the Belfast Telegraph EMA;

also The Leitrim Hotel (1992), radio play, winner of P. J. O’Connor Award; wrote Song of the Yellow Bittern (Druid Th. Co. 1994), based on a case of 1829 when Daniel O’Connell sucessfully defended Tom Maguire, a Catholic priest against a Protestant woman in a paternity suit; issued The Colour of Language (1995), poems, with a cover ill. by Nick Miller; wrote Fontamara (Vesuvius Th. Co./ Collins Barracks, Dublin, 1998) - a play adapted from novel of Ignazio Silone; elected to Aosdána, Dec. 2000; issued A Cry from Heaven (2005), a play. DIL2.

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Works
Drama, “At the Black Pig’s Dyke”, in John Farleigh, ed., Far from the Land: Contemporary Irish Plays (London: Methuen 1998), 340pp.; A Cry from Heaven (London: Methuen Drama 2005) [first item; q.pp.]

A Portuguese translation of A Cry from Heaven as Um Grito do Céu was made by Domingos Nunez in 2006 for CIA Ludens Theatre Co. in (See Domingos Nunez, ‘A Brief History Of Cia Ludens and its Productions of Irish Plays in Brazil’, in Ilha do Desterro Florianópolis, 58 (Jan./June 2010), pp.479-505; pdf version at online.)

Poetry, The Colour of Language (Dublin: Dedalus Press 1995)

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Criticism
Kevin Barry [interview], in Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners, ed. Lilian Chambers, Ger Fitzgibbon, Eamonn Jordan, et al. (Blackrock: Carysfort Press 2001), pp.481-95.

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Quotations
The Road West”: ‘If we had gone north, as we often did, to camp/in the pace of sanctuary / We might have met the soldiers leaving / the ridge of the rowan tree / We might have gone as far as the hill / of the two air demons to warn someone. / But we went west, away from history, we were / not there as witnesses to change.’ (The Colour of Language; reviewed by Peter Denman, ILS, Fall 1995, p.9.)

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