George Shiels (1881-1949) was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim. Shiels emigrated to Canada to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1913 he was injured and disabled for life in an accident. He returned to Northern Ireland and set up business with his brother as a shipping agent. He started to write and based his plays on his experiences abroad and the changes he observed in the society which made up his world. When he first started to write Shiels used the pseudonym George Morshiels. With his success as a playwright Shiels was able to give up his shipping agency business and he moved to Carnlough in County Antrim. Shiels died at Carnlough on September 19th, 1949.