Gerry Dawe (Ireland) read for the 2008 John Hewitt Birthday Reading alongside Sinéad Morrissey and Miriam Gamble, and he delivered the John Hewitt Lecture for the 2016 John Hewitt International Summer School. Most recently, along with Cahal Dallat and Heather Richardson, Gerry took part in a discussion on Hewitt for the 2020 Digital Festival of Literature and Ideas.
Gerry was born in Belfast and educated at the University of Ulster and University College Galway where he taught for many years. In 1988 he moved to Trinity College Dublin where he was Professor and Fellow and director of Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing until 2017. He has also held visiting professorships at Boston College and Villanova University in the United States and was Visiting Scholar at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His first poetry collection was Sheltering Places (Blackstaff, 1978). His second, The Lundys Letter (1985), was published by The Gallery Press, was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature. Other awards include Arts Council Bursaries for Poetry, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, the Ledig-Rowholt International Writers’ Award and Moore Institute Fellowship. His other Gallery collections are: Sunday School (1991), Heart of Hearts (1995), The Morning Train (1999), Lake Geneva (2003), Points West (2008), Mickey Finn’s Air (2014), Selected (2012), and The Last Peacock (2019).
Prose works include: The Proper Word (2007); Of War and War’s Alarms (2015); In Another World: Van Morrison and Belfast (2017); The Wrong Country (2018); The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems of Salvatore Quasimodo (with Marco Sonzogni); Earth Voices Whispering & Irish War Poetry, 1914-1945 (both 2008); The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (2018); Ethna McCarthy Poems (with Eoin O’Brien, 2019). A memoir, Looking Through You is forthcoming in 2020.
Gerry at Gallery Press: https://www.gallerypress.com/authors/a-to-f/gerald-dawe/
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