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Frank Wynne (born 1962) is an Irish literary translator and writer, and a former editor of comics.

He grew up in Strandhill, County Sligo, and attended the Yeats Summer School, which was co-founded by his father. He attended Sligo Grammar School and later Trinity College, Dublin, where he read English and Philosophy, although he left after two years. It was in Dublin that he first connected with the gay scene, through the Hirschfeld Centre. He also began working the graveyard shift on Chris Carey's pirate radio station Radio Nova. In 1984 he moved to Paris, where he stayed for three years.

He moved to London in 1987, at first managing a small French bookshop in Kensington, which sold, among other things, graphic novels. Wynne became involved in the bandes dessinées movement in London and was hired by Fleetway to work on their experimental anthology Revolver. From there he moved to the political anthology Crisis before becoming managing editor of the independent monthly Deadline, home of Tank Girl, until 1995. He has also translated a number of French bandes dessinées, including graphic novels by Enki Bilal, Lorenzo Mattotti, Max Cabanes and Édika.

He worked for a time as editorial director of AOL UK, and then began translating the works of French novelists Michel Houellebecq and Frédéric Beigbeder. He now dedicates his time fully to writing and translations. His first non-fiction book, I Was Vermeer, a biography of Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren, was published by Bloomsbury in August 2006, and was serialised as the BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" for August 7-12 2006.

He describes himself as being of "no fixed abode", having lived and travelled widely in Central and South America, the Netherlands, Hungary, Turkey, Ireland and the UK.

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