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JACK HARTE

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Jack Harte is a novelist and playwright. He was born in Co Sligo, grew up in Co Longford, and has worked at a number of occupations in Dublin, where he still lives. He was a teacher and wrote 24 top selling school textbooks. He was Principal of Lucan Community College for many years. His short story collections include Murphy in the Underworld (1986), Birds and Other Tails (1996), and From Under Gogol's Nose (2004). A novella, Homage, appeared in 1992. His first novel, In the Wake of the Bagger (2006), was the first literary work to be commissioned under the Irish Government's Per Cent for Art Scheme, and was nominated in Des Kenny's book as one of the 101 Irish Books You Must Read. His second novel, Reflections in a Tar-Barrel (2007), was first published in Bulgaria where it was a major success. Overall his fiction has appeared in 12 languages. Harte made his debut as a playwright in 2015 with Language of the Mute (New Theatre) which toured nationally in 2016. This was followed by The Mysterious History of Things (Viking Theatre, July/August 2016), and Lugh and Balor which was performed in Greek translation at the Ancient Theatre of Maroneia and the Theatre of Komotini (Aug/Sept 2016). Jack Harte founded the Irish Writers Union and the Irish Writers Centre.

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