Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over. She spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The WonderSlammerkinLife MaskThe Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (AkinStir-FryHoodLanding). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards. 

Events Emma Donoghue was involved in

  • Reading & Conversation: Michael Christie, Emma Donoghue and Ian Williams

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM

    Authors Michael Christie, Emma Donoghue and Ian Williams will discuss their latest books with moderator and Toronto Star Books Editor, Deborah Dundas.


  • In Conversation: Roddy Doyle With Emma Donoghue

    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:30 PM

    The Festival’s opening night promises to be one of exhilarating and eye-opening entertainment as two of Ireland’s favourite writers take the stage.


  • Festival School Visits

    Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00 AM

    The Festival is proud to welcome school children of all ages to Harbourfront Centre. These special visits are pre-registered and exclusive to educational institutions.


  • In Conversation: John Boyne & Emma Donoghue

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:00 PM

    John Boyne and Emma Donoghue have seen their literary works adapted for the screen. They talk to Richard Crouse about their experience and success.


  • Ireland @ IFOA

    Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM

    Catriona Crowe, Emma Donoghue, Julie Morrissy, Paul Muldoon, and Ciaran O'Rourke will present from their latest work