María Gaviña-Costero is a lecturer in the Department of English at the Universitat de València, where she received her PhD with a thesis on the dramatic work of Brian Friel. Her main research interests are contemporary Northern Irish theatre, the relationship between literature and conflict, and the reception of Irish theatre in Spain. She has published several academic articles, both in Spanish and English, on contemporary Irish theatre and its reception in Spain. She has contributed a chapter to 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: la obra dramática de Brian Friel y su recepción en España, which introduces the playwright to Spanish audiences.