O’Connor, Bridget

Bridget O'Connor
Bridget O'Connor. Image source screenwritersfestival.com

Bridget O’Connor was born in Harrow, London. She was the second of five children of Bridie and Jim O’Connor, from Limerick and Cork.

Her short story collections are Here Comes John (1993) and Tell Her You Love Her (1997), which were translated into several languages, including Serbo-Croat.

Her story A Woman’s Hair was included in The New Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction (London, Picador, 2000).

Several of Bridget’s stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4, for whom she also wrote plays, including Becoming the Rose (2000, winner of the Arts Council’s Write Out Loud award), The Centurions, and States of Mind (co-written with Peter Straughan). She was also writer-in-residence at the University of East Anglia in 2000.

Her plays are News from the Seventh Flor (with Peter Straughan, a site specific play, Watford, Clements Department Store, 2003); The Lovers (Newcastle upon Tyne, Live Theatre, 2005); and The Flags (Manchester, Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, 2006).

The Flags was written during a year in Cork with her husband Peter Straughan.

The Flags was produced in Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, Slovenia and Australia, and is due for production in France in 2011 in a translation by the French playwright Serge Valletti.

On their return to England, O’Connor and Staughan were jointly commissioned to write several films, produced and yet to be, including Sixty Six (2006), starring Helena Bonham Carter, Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution (2007) and The Three Musketeers.

O’Connor and Straughan also adapted Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, developed with the Swedish director Tomas Alfredson.

She died on 22 September 2010.

Bridget O’Connor’s obituary at The Guardian
Bridget O’Connor at The National Library of Ireland