Johnston, Jennifer

Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930.

Jennifer Johnston
Jennifer Johnston. Image source

Her novels have been published in many countries.

Her main works are the novels The Captains and the Kings (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1972); The Gates (Hamish Hamilton, 1973); How Many Miles to Babylon? (Hamish Hamilton, 1974); Shadows on our Skin (Hamish Hamilton, 1977); The Old Jest (Hamish Hamilton 1979); The Christmas Tree (Hamish Hamilton, 1981); The Railway Station Man (Hamish Hamilton, 1984); Fools Sanctuary (Hamish Hamilton, 1988); The Invisible Worm (London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991); The Illusionist (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995): Two Moons (London, Review, 1998); The Gingerbread Woman(Review, 2000); Grace and Truth (Review, 2005); Foolish Mortals (London, Headline Review, 2007); Shadowstory (Headline Review, 2011); and A Sixpenny Song (London, Tinder Press, 2013).

How Many Miles to Babylon? was adapted for the stage by Johnston and produced by the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in 1993.
Her plays include Indian Summer (Belfast, Lyric Theatre, 1983); The Desert Lullaby (Lyric Theatre, 1996); and Moonlight and Music (Dublin, Civic Theatre, Fishamble Theatre Company, 2000).

Her published drama includes the short plays: Three Monologues; and The Nightingale and Not the Lark, (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1988).

She has received many awards, including the Robert Pitman Award; the Yorkshire Post Award; the 1979 Whitbread Award for The Old Jest; the Giles Cooper Award for Best Radio play (1989). Her work was shortlisted for Daily Express best book of the year 1992 for The Invisible Worm, and Shadows on our Skin was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
Her father was the playwright Denis Johnston.

She is a member of Aosdánaand lives in Derry.

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Jennifer Johnston at The National Library of Ireland