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Pig Girl

Jury Statement

Colleen Murphy weaves a masterfully structured examination of humanity within our most inhumane moments. Pig Girl forces us to relentlessly bear witness to a single night of horror that echoes the silenced ongoing violence against women. Difficult and harrowing, it asks us to acknowledge our collective responsibility. Arresting. Undeniable. Unforgettable.


Pig Girl

By Colleen Murphy

  • Book Details
  • Published by Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-77091-446-9
Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy

Photo: Heidi Hamilton

Who is Colleen Murphy?

Colleen Murphy wins her second Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016 for Pig Girl. Earlier plays include The December Man (L’homme de décembre) , which won a GG Books award in 2007, the Carol Bolt Award, and the Alberta Theatre Projects Enbridge playRites Award; The Goodnight Bird (2013); and Armstrong’s War (2014). She is also a librettist (The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. ) and an award-winning filmmaker whose distinct films have played in festivals around the world. Colleen Murphy was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and now divides her time between Toronto and Edmonton, where she is the 2015-17 Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta.