Much traveled Irish writer now based in New Brunswick, Canada, appointed as Writer-in-Residence at UNB 2008/2009. He is a Director of the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick and is a Fiction Editor of The Fiddlehead literary magazine (Canada's oldest literary magazine).
He completed his BA and BAI at Trinity College Dublin in 1984 and his MFA (Creative Writing) at Eastern Washington University in 1992.
Winner of two Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Literary Awards- Best Emerging Fiction Writer and New Irish Writer of the Year 1996.
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 .
Fiction writer - His most recent novel Turtle was published by Oberon Press, Ottawa, November 2009.
The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars Publishers, 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).
Poet - Digging My Own Grave (Dedalus Press) – earlier version won second place in the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. if it’s words you’re after… a CD of selected poems was released in 2005.
New collection of poems, Games of Chance, forthcoming from Oberon Press
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All The Elvis's Have Left The Building
Of all of Gerard Beirne's poems, All The Elvis's Have Left The Building, has long been an audiance favourite. Comparing the life and death of Elvis to the life and death of Christ, this long poem explores the tenuous nature of fame and the importance of death in sustaining both the reality and the myth of our spiritual lives.
gerard beirne is an award winning irish writer. his stories have been included in best irish short stories (phoenix) and have been nominated for and won hennessey literary awards. maybelle’s husband is recently dead. Her personal assistant and lover may have helped her to end his life. Before his death his preoccupation was buying up cheap land around the fault lines to sell on for development
In a time of Drought and Hunger
In a time of Drought and Hunger by irish author Gerard Beirne is set in the Canadian north at a time when the boreal forest is on the move due to climate change, shrinking at its southern boundaries and expanding at its northern ones. Tom’s life is likewise changing. His children have grown up and moved south. He is uncertain about his future in the north, his future with his wife Clara...
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