Críostóir Ó Floinn has published over 50 works in Irish and English, including novels, plays, short stories, biography, 12 books of poetry and a three-volume autobiography.
Educated at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Ó Floinn gained much attention for his controversial 1966 play, Cóta Bán Chríost (lit. “The white coat of Christ”), which won the Douglas Hyde memorial award at that year’s Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
Ó Floinn is a member of Aosdána, the state-funded association of elite Irish artists, and receives its Cnuasstipend. He has won many awards, including several first prizes in the annual Oireachtas competitions. His plays have been produced in Dublin at the Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre, and at leading theatres in Galway and Belfast. He has also written many plays for radio and television.
His main work includes the novels Lá Dá Bhfaca Thú (1955); and Learairí Lios an Phúca (1965).
His short story collections are Oineachlann (1968), and Sanctuary Island (1971).
His drama includes In Dublin’s Fair City (1959); Land of the Living (1962); Cóta Bán Chríost/The Order of Melchizedek (1966); Is É Dúirt Polonious (1967); Aggiornamento (1968); Mise Raifteri an File (1973); and An Spailpín Fánach (1988).
His poetry collections include Ó Fhás go hAois (1969); Banana (1979); Aisling Dhá Abhainn (1977); Hunger Strike (1984); A Poet in Rome (1992); The Obelisk Year (1993); and Seacláidí Van Gogh (1996).