Dermot Bolger

(* 1959)

Dermot BolgerBiographical Sketch

Dermot Bolger (born Finglas/Dublin, Ireland, 1959) is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet. His work is often concerned with the articulation of the experiences of working-class characters who, for various reasons, feel alienated from society. Bolger questions the relevance of traditional nationalist concepts of Irishness, arguing for a more plural and inclusive society. In the late 1970s Bolger set up Raven Arts Press, which he ran until 1992 when he co-founded New Island Press.

Read more about Dermot Bolger on Wikipedia.

 

Major Awards and Honors

Irish Times/ESB Award (Ireland)
  • 2004: Best New Irish Play – “From These Green Heights”
Samuel Beckett Award (Ireland)
  • 1990: “Lament for Arthur Cleary”
AE Memorial Award (Ireland)
  • 1986: “Night Shift”
Guinness Peat Award (Ireland)
  • 1989: “The Woman’s Daughter”
Macauley Fellowship (Ireland)
  • 1985: “Night Shift”
  • 1987: “The Woman’s Daughter”
Stuart Parker BBC Award (Britain)
  • 1990
Edinburgh Fringe Awards (Scotland)
  • 1989: Fringe First Award “Lament for Arthur Cleary”
  • 1992: Fringe First Award “The Holy Ground”

 

Bibliography

Novels and Novellas
  • Night Shift (1985)
  • The Woman’s Daughter (1987)
  • The Journey Home (1990)
  • Emily’s Shoes (1992)
  • A Second Life (1994)
  • Father’s Music (1997)
  • Temptation (2000)
  • The Valparaiso Voyage (2001)
  • The Family on Paradise Pier (2005)
  • 2010: New Town Soul
  • 2012: The Fall of Ireland
Plays
  • Lament for Arthur Cleary (1989)
  • In High Germany (1990)
  • Blinded by the Light (1990)
  • The Holy Ground (1990)
  • One Last White Horse (1991)
  • A Dublin Bloom (1995)
    – Adaptation of James Joyce‘s Ulysses.
  • April Bright (1997)
  • The Passion of Jerome (1999)
  • Consenting Adults (2000)
  • Plays: Volume 1 (2000)
  • The Ballymun Trilogy (2010)
    • From These Green Heights (2004)
    • The Townlands of Brazil (2006)
    • The Consequences of Lightning (2008)
  • Walking the Road (2007)
  • The Parting Glass (2010)
  • Tea Chests and Dreams (2012)
Poetry
  • The Habit of Flesh (1980)
  • Finglas Lilies (1981)
  • No Waiting America (1982)
  • Internal Exiles (1986)
  • Leinster Street Ghosts (1989)
  • Bright Wave: an Tonn Gheal: Poetry in Irish Now (1995)
  • Taking My Letters Back: New and Selected Poems (1998)
  • The Chosen Moment (2004)
  • External Affairs (2008)
  • The Venice Suite: A Voyage Through Loss (2012)
Compilations, Collaborations, Anthologies
  • The Dolmen Book of Irish Christmas Stories (1988)
    – Editor.
  • The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction (1993)
    – Editor.
  • Ireland in Exile: Irish Writers Abroad (1993)
    – Editor.
  • Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction (1995)
    – Coeditor, with Ciaran Carty.
  • The Vintage Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction (1995)
    – Editor.
  • Greatest Hits: One Act Irish Plays (1997)
    – Editor.
  • Finbar’s Hotel (1997)
    – Editor and Contributor.
  • Ladies’ Night at Finbar’s Hotel (1999)
    – Editor.
Nonfiction
  • Wexford Through Its Writers (1992)
    – Editor.
  • Invisible Dublin (1995)
  • Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queens: The Changing Face of Irish Theatre (2001)
    – Editor.
  • County Lines: A Portrait of Life in South Dublin County (2006)
    – Editor.

 

A Selection of Quotes

The Journey Home

“Home was not the place where you were born but the place you created yourself, where you did not need to explain, where you finally became what you were.”

 

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