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Michael J. Maguire (Irish digital artist)

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Michael J. Maguire is an Irish digital artist.[1]


Maguire began his literary career in the theatre, and has been described as a "protégé" of the director and playwright Tomás Mac Anna.[1] Throughout his youth, he spent a lot of time at his uncle's television repair shop, an experience which he claims influenced his later work as a digital artist.[2] In 1983, he programmed a text adventure called Lost in Coolock, considered to be one of the first works of electronic literature created in Ireland.[1][not in citation given]

Throughout the 1990s Maguire did some writing for RTÉ and the BBC, as well as founded his own theatre company, Travelling Hibernian Ensemble, embedding multimedia in many of his productions.[1][2] He would later go on to found Táintech Creative Studios, one of Ireland's first, but ultimately unsucessful, video-game development companies.[1]

He has produced a number of early works of electronic literature, including Promise: The Annals of the Four Masters,[3] Digitalvitalism: Life in Electric Poetry[4][5] and Bob Casio's Dead Cameraman.

In 2019 he was invited to give a keynote lecture at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Festival, the largest annual gathering of international scholars and practitioners working on electronic literature and literary games.[6][7]

Personal Life[edit]

Maguire was born in Dundalk to Kathleen and Gerry Maguire.[2] He has studied at Maynooth University, Dundalk Institute of Technology and University College Dublin, where he received his doctorate for a treatment of digital creative writing.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 O'Sullivan, James (2018). "Electronic Literature in Ireland". Electronic Book Review.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The digital search for meaning: an interview with Michael Maguire (podcast) (MP3). CORA. December 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Maguire, Michael J. (2008). "Promise: The Annals of the Four Masters." In The New River: A Journal of Digital Writing & Art, edited by Ed Falco, Nick Kocz, and Manisha Sharma. Blacksburg, Virginia: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. https://www.cddc.vt.edu/journals/newriver/08Fall/Promise/promise.html.
  4. Maguire, Michael. (2013). Digitalvitalism: Life in Electric Poetry. http://www.digitalvitalism.com/.
  5. Keating, Kenneth (2017-08-24). "Irish Poetry Publishing Online". Éire-Ireland. 52 (1): 321–336. doi:10.1353/eir.2017.0015. ISSN 1550-5162.
  6. Dr Michael J. Maguire's keynote lecture at ELO2019, University College Cork, July 15, 2019, retrieved 2020-01-06
  7. Maguire, Michael J. (2019-07-15). "Potential possibilities of peripheral porosity: a combinatory creative community keynote". University College Cork; Electronic Literature Organization.
  8. Maguire, Michael. (2014). "Digging Digital Long Grass: Creative Path Finding in Our Era of Digital and Electronic Literature." Dublin: University College Dublin. James Joyce Library.

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