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Gerard Beirne About.....

Much traveled Irish writer now living in New Brunswick, Canada. Beirne completed his BA and BAI at Trinity College Dublin in 1984 and his MFA (Creative Writing) at Eastern Washington University in 1992. In 1999 he moved to a remote Cree Indian reserve in Northern Canada where he lived for three years. While living there, he interviewed Elders in the community and edited for publication an anthology of those interviews. He is currently at work on a non-fiction account of his time there. He was appointed as Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick in 2008. He is a Director of the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick and is a Fiction Editor of The Fiddlehead literary magazine (Canada's longest living literary magazine). Gerard Beirne is well known for his dynamic readings and is a highly experienced workshop facilitator having worked extensively with both adults and youth. Winner of two Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Literary Awards including New Irish Writer of the Year.

Fiction writer

The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars Publishers, May 2003) shortlisted for The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2004. “Daily Express Saturday, December 27 2003 - OUR PICK OF A BUMPER YEAR By far the most memorable novel of the year for me was Gerard Beirne's wonderful The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars ). Nothing else I read in 2003 began with a better opening sentence. "Everything started to go wrong the day we dragged the Eskimo up in the net off Malin Head." …Wonderful clear prose and sensitive observation in a tough environment make this an outstanding debut work, scandalously ignored by this year's Man Booker judges." - Graham Ball (Literary Editor of the Daily Express).

His most recent novel Turtle was published by Oberon Press, Ottawa, 2009. “ (a) wonderful, say, Cormac McCarthy, Beirne is rigorously dedicated to this style. He never backs off or makes it easier for a reader. In time the rhythm gets under your skin - in a good way, as Irvine Welsh's style does for those who appreciate it - and in this way becomes linked to the joy you'll derive from this book.” - Craig Davidson, Here magazine

Author of cult short story Sightings of Bono (adapted into a short film in 2000 featuring Bono of U2) & released on DVD in 2004- published as a Paprika short (Avvi Stando Bono,) by Scritturapura Editore, Italy.


Digging My Own Grave (Dedalus Press) – earlier version won second place in the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. “Digging My Own Grave is a brilliant title for a first book of poems. It speaks of a wisdom beyond the author's years...Beirne's poems live up to the promise of the title...Beirne has a feeling for language and the power of language, a fine sense of where the poems ends, a rich imagination." Poetry Ireland Review

if it’s words you’re after… a CD of selected poems was released in 2005.

Musical Collaborations

His theatrical composition, Hum!, (commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra) in collaboration with contemporary classical composer Siobhan Cleary, toured Ireland to critical acclaim (“a coup de theatre” - The Irish Times). A further collaboration with Cleary, Ringsend Sky with Egret, in celebration of Irish poet Paul Durcan’s 60th birthday was performed at the 'Mostly Modern' series at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, 2005.

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