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Philip St. John is a writer of fiction and drama. His short stories have been published in Ireland and internationally and shortlisted for The Hennessy Literary Awards and The Bristol Short Story Award. His play Maxine(2011) won an award from the International Playwright Forum and has been translated into German and Filipino. It was also shortlisted for The Kings Cross Award at The Courtyard Theatre, London. The Sylvia is the first production of his work on stage. He was awarded Literature Bursaries by the Arts Council in 2010 and 2011, and an Artslinks Bursary in 2012.