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Margaret Hollingsworth

Margaret Hollingsworth


Margaret Hollingsworth was born in Sheffield and grew up in London, England. She taught in Italy and Japan, and worked as a journalist, librarian, and actor before emigrating to Fort William, Ontario, where she was chief librarian in 1968. She became a hippie and a Canadian citizen simultaneously, received a B.A. in psychology at Lakehead University and an M.F.A in theatre and creative writing at the University of British Columbia in 1974. Since that time, she has worked as a freelance writer and teacher. She divides her time between Toronto and Victoria where she teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. Principally known as a playwright, radio and screenwriter, she also writes stories and essays. Her stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada and in all five continents. A member of PEN, she has been deeply involved in the politics of writing over the past 15 years. She has served on the executive of the Playwright's Union and on the Public Lending Rights Commission. She was one of the organizers of the Second International Women Playwrights Conference in 1991 and is very much interested in promoting women's writing.


In Confidence. Winnipeg, MB: Scilocco Drama, 1994.
Smiling Under Water. Vancouver: Lazara Press, 1989.
Endangered Species. Toronto: Act One, 1988.
Willful Acts. Toronto: Coach House, 1986.


ACTRA and Chalmers award for drama.
Jessie Award for drama.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: