Gerard Beirne

Gerard Beirne is an Irish author. Beirne was the writer in residence for the 2008-2009 academical year at the University of New Brunswick, where he previously worked at the English Department.[1] He is a Fiction Editor of The Fiddlehead - Canada's longest surviving literary magazine.[2] He also curates the on-line magazines The Irish Literary Times and The New Brunswick Literary Times.[3]

Gerard Beirne
Born (1962-10-30) October 30, 1962 (age 58)
County Tipperary, Ireland
CitizenshipIrish, Canadian
Alma materTrinity College, Dublin
Notable awardsIrish Writer of the Year, 1996

His most recent collection of poems, Games of Chance - A Gambler's Manual, was published by Oberon Press, Fall 2011.

His novel The Eskimo in the Net was published by Marion Boyars in 2003 and was short-listed for the 2004 Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award.[4] It was selected by the Daily Express as Book of the Year.

His collection of poetry, Digging My Own Grave (published by Dedalus Press)[5] was runner-up for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.[6] His story, "Sightings of Bono", was adapted for Irish film and featured Bono (of U2).

Beirne's CD of spoken word poetry - If it's words you're after - was released in 2006. He is a past winner of two Sunday Tribune/Hennessey Literary Awards including as New Irish Writer of the Year 1996.[7] His collaboration with classical composer Siobhán Cleary (Hum), was called "a theatrical tour de force" by The Irish Times.

In 2009, Oberon Press published his second novel, Turtle.[8]

His first short story collection, In a Time of Drought and Hunger, was published in 2015 and was a shortlisted nominee for the 2016 Danuta Gleed Literary Award.[9]



  • Charlie Tallulah. Oberon, 2013.
  • Turtle. Oberon, 2009.
  • The Eskimo in the Net. Marion Boyars, 2003.

Short Story CollectionsEdit

In a Time of Drought and Hunger. Oberon, 2015.

Poetry CollectionsEdit

  • Games of Chance: A Gambler's Manual. Oberon, 2011.
  • Digging My Own Grave. Dedalus, 1997.

Other Selected WorksEdit

Musical TheatreEdit

Hum! With Siobhán Cleary. Commissioned by Irish Chamber Orchestra 1998. Also performed by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2020.

Spoken Word PoetryEdit

If It's Words You're After. 2006.


Short FilmEdit

Sightings of Bono. Parallel Productions, 2000. Starring Bono.


  1. ^ "Gerard Beirne". University of New Brunswick ( BA, BAI (Trinity College Dublin), MFA (Eastern Washington University). Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Gerard Beirne - Poetry". Connotation Press. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ Madeleine Blanchard. "Frye Festival unveils 2014 line-up". NB Media Co-Op. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Gerard Beirne". Irish Writers Online. Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  5. ^ Gerard Beirne (1996). Digging my own grave. ISBN 9781873790434. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ "After this/ I lead you into form: Poems — Gerard Beirne". Numéro Cinq. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ Marion Boyers. "Gerard Beirne". Marion Boyers. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  8. ^ "Two Poems by Gerard Beirne". Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Short-story award short list revealed". Winnipeg Free Press, June 11, 2016.

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