Born in London [date withheld], Hollingsworth is an internationally-produced playwright who emigrated from England in 1968. With an MFA from UBC in theatre and creative writing, she joined UVic's Writing department in 1992 and left the faculty in 2002. Having also written extensively for television and screen, she has received the Chalmers Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for drama along with three ACTRA awards for radio plays.

Hollingsworth's stage plays include Bushed, Alli Alli Oh, Operators, Ever Loving (about three war brides), Mother Country (about ultra-English characters on a B.C. island) and Endangered Species (a collection of four one-act plays, including The House that Jack Built, which continues to be the subject of academic papers). Produced on CBC-TV, her play Saying It was published by Scirocco in 1996. Willful Acts, republished by Talonbooks, is a collection of full-length and one-act plays. These include The Apple in the Eye, Diving, Islands, Ever Loving, War Babies and Commonwealth Games (set in Victoria B.C during the Commonwealth Games). Later stage plays include O Positive and Deep Song.

Hollingsworth published her first collection of short fiction, Smiling Under Water, in 1989. Emily Carr's mysterious and possibly damaging treatments in an English sanitarium are incorporated into Hollingsworth's first novel, Be Quiet (Blue Lake, 2004). "Be Quiet is a story of ageing and creativity in which Emily Carr becomes a sort of trickster figure, informing the lives of a contemporary woman (who, at 63, is finally breaking away from her job at the university and returning to painting), her daughter and the young stranger who has married her ex-husband." Set in Canada, France and England, the novel explores two little documented periods in Emily Carr's life during the first decade of the last century.


Be Quiet (Blue Lake, 2004)
Willfull Acts (Talonbooks, 1998)
In Confidence (Scirocco, 1994)
Smiling Under Water (Lazara, 1989)
Endangered Species (Act One, 1988)

[BCBW 2003] "Theatre" "Fiction" "Women" "Carr"