Margaret Hollingsworth

Professor Emeritus

B.A. (Lakehead), M.F.A. (UBC)

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Areas of Research & Creative Activity

Writing for the stage, radio, and screen; fiction, non-fiction.


Principally known as a playwright, radio and screenwriter, Margaret Hollingworth was born in Sheffield England in 1942, and grew up in London. She taught in Italy and Japan, and worked as a journalist, librarian, and actor before immigrating 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.

Her full-length plays include: Mother Country ( Tarragon Theatre 1980); Ever Loving ( Belfry Theatre 1980); War Babies (Belfry 1984), Blowing Up Toads ( Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival 1996); In Confidence (Firehall Theatre, Vancouver 1994). Her stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada and on all five continents. Hollingsworth has published a collections of short stories, entitled Smiling Under Water (1981). Her novel, Be Quiet (2003) is an imagined and self-referential portrait of Emily Carr, which mirrors Carr and a contemporary Canadian woman painter: both are marginalized by age and behaviour, and both are driven to express the “areness” of life through art.

A member of PEN, she has been deeply involved in the politics of writing over the past twenty 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 active in promoting women's writing. She was been awarded ACTRA, Jessie Richardson Awards and Chalmers Awards for drama; and has been playwright-in-residence at the Stratford Festival , Concordia University, and the University of Western Ontario. From 1992 to 2002 she was an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, and she is now Professor Emeritus. She currently resides in Toronto.

Selected Publications


Be Quiet

Published by Blue Lake Books


In Confidence

Published by Scirocco Drama


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