Gerard O’Keeffe was born and brought up in the Midlands and studied Irish and American literature in London before qualifying as a teacher. He switched careers to business and marketing across the charity sector, where he worked with leading social enterprises, cultural and educational providers. He continues to work in consultancy, education and on creative projects with new talent.
Coming from a family with Irish roots, he has written and painted since his teenage years, as have his siblings. In his writing he often changes genre but is particularly interested in themes of trauma, silence and salvation. Much of his fiction has its basis in fact and he uses research and real events as the springboard for his work. He lives with his family in Cambridge where he enjoys collecting contemporary art, working with other writers and attending arts events.
Based on a true story: At the height of the Irish Famine in the 1840s, an Irish aristocrat watches in horror as economic injustice and political failures result in the deaths of masses and despair for millions. But hope comes from an unlikely quarter: the unprepossessing racehorse Coranna and the sacrifice of the Butler family of peasants in the West of Ireland.
A young man seeking to build a life on Gran Canaria discovers that his own family history is tied up with his new home. From Northern Ireland during the Troubles to the tourist towns of the Canary Islands today, Gregory Sheridan follows a trail of love and betrayal, and family secrets kept through the generations...