María Gaviña-Costero is a lecturer at the English Department of Universitat de VAlència, where she earned her Ph.D. with a thesis about the dramatic oeuvre of Brian Friel. Her main research interests include contemporary Irish drama from a postcolonial perspective, the relation between literature and conflict, and theatre reception. She has published several scholarly articles both in Spanish and in English on contemporary Northern Irish theatre and its reception in Spain. She has contributed a chapter in the books Adaptations, Versions and Perversions in Modern British Drama; Ireland and Dysfunction: Critical Explorations in Literature and Film; Words of Crisis, Crisis of Words: Ireland and the Representation of Critical Times; Re-Thinking Literary Identities: Great Britain, Europe and Beyond, and Non-Violent Resistance: Irreverence in Irish Culture. In 2011, she published the book Érase una vez Ballybeg, in which Brian Friel is introduced to the Spanish audience.