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Gerald Dawe: Biography

Gerald Dawe is an Irish poet and writer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1952. He has published eight collections of poetry with The Gallery Press and four volumes of essays as well as editing various anthologies of poetry and literary criticism. He was Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin until his retirement in 2017.


Recent poems have been included in Poetry London, Poetry Review, 

London Review of Books, Poetry Ireland Review and The Irish Times and

broadcast widely on RTE and BBC radio and television networks.


Gerald Dawe's poetry has been translated into various languages including

German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese and he has translated with

Marco Sonzogni, The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems of Salvatore Quasimodo 

(Arc Publication 2008). 


His awards include Arts Council of Ireland Poetry Awards (1980; 2005),

the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature, a Hawthornden International Writers Fellowship,

Ledwig-Rowohlt Writer Fellowship and a Moore Institute Fellowship.


Gerald Dawe was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2004 and has held visiting professorships in Boston College and Villanova University, Philadelphia.


In 2016-17 he was Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge.


He has given readings and lectures in many parts of the world. An archive of Gerald Dawe's papers is held at the Burns Library, Boston College.

‘Serious, often grave, but inculcated with such sympathy and passion and affection that any obscurity is the enemy. It’s as if what Gerald Dawe has to tell us is so vital that clarity – such a virtue – is a moral matter’

Richard Ford

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Photo credit: Bobbie Hanvey (Burns Library Photographic Archives, Boston College).

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