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Professor Gerald Dawe
Fellow Emeritus, Fellows Emeritii


Belfast born poet and critic, worked for a short time as librarian in Belfast Central Library, Fine Arts Dept, before receiving Major State Award for graduate research. Attended UCG (now NUIG) as research student 1974-77 and taught in Dept of English until 1988, when he moved to Trinity College,Dublin. He has published eight collections of poetry, most recently, Selected Poems (2012); four volumes of essays including The Proper Word: Collected Criticism (2007, The World as Province: Selected Prose (2009) and Conversations: Poets & Poetry (2011). He has also edited numerous anthologies including the ground-breaking Earth Voices Whispering: Irish poetry of war 1914-1945 (2008) and collections of essays. He contributes reviews and articles to several leading Irish national newspapers and broadcasting stations including The Irish Times, RTE and BBC Northern Ireland. He founded and edited the literary review, Krino (1986-1996) and with Brendan Kennelly, established the first graduate creative writing programme offered by an Irish university. A recipient of various awards and fellowships, Gerald Dawe has given readings and lectures throughout Europe and North America. Elected Fellow of TCD in 2004 he was Burns Visiting Professor, Boston College (2005),Heimbold Professor, Villanova University, Philadelphia (2009) and Visiting Scholar, Pembroke College, Cambridge (2016-17).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Samuel Beckett & his Irish contemporaries in, editor(s)James Brophy & William Davies , Samuel Beckett's Poetry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2023, pp70 - 84, [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2023

Gerald Dawe, Northern Windows/Southern Stars: Early Essays 1983-1994, ist, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2022, 1 - 248pp Book, 2022

Ireland in, editor(s)Jane Potter , A History of World War One Poetry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp182-199 - [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2022

Ireland in, editor(s)Jane Potter , Cambridge History of World War One Poetry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2018

Gerald Dawe, Early Poems, First, Derry/Londonderry, Lagan Press, 2015, 1 - 42pp Book, 2015 URL

Gerald Dawe, Of War and War's Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing, First, Cork, Cork University Press, 2015, 190pp.pp Book, 2015

Gerald Dawe, Mickey Finn's Air, First, Ireland, The Gallery Press, 2014, 7 - 47pp Book, 2014 URL

Gerald Dawe, Selected Poems, First, Oldcastle, The Gallery Press, 2012, 112pp Book, 2012

Gerald Dawe and Aodan Mac Poilin (Eds), Padraic Fiacc: Ruined Pages, New Selected Poems, 2nd, Belfast, Lagan, 2012, 9 - 231pp Book, 2012

Kay Donnelly with Gerald Dawe, A Charles Donnelly Reader, First, Belfast, Lagan Press, 2012, 1 - 200pp Book, 2012

'Pledged to Ireland': Poets & Poetry of 1916 in, editor(s)Fran Brearton and Alan Gillis , The Oxford Handbook of Irish Poetry, Oxford, Oxford University press, 2011, [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2011

'Brian Coffey:Opposing the Inevitable' in, editor(s)Benjamin Keatinge & Aengus Woods , Other Edens:The Life and Work of Brian Coffey, Dublin & Portland, Irish Academic Press, 2010, pp19 - 24, [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2010

Poems, Wes Davis, An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, First, Cambridge, Mass. USA, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010, pp675 - 688, [Gerald Dawe] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2010

Gerald Dawe, 'By the Black Stream', Padraic Fiacc, Irish University Review, 39, (2), 2009, p223 - 230 Journal Article, 2009

'Earth Voices whispering': On editing an anthology of Irish poetry of war in, editor(s)Richard Pine and Eve Patten , Literatures of War, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp149 - 162, [Gerald Dawe] Book Chapter, 2008

Gerald Dawe, 'Earth Voices whispering': An anthology of Irish War Poetry 1914-1945, Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 2008, 1 - 412pp Book, 2008

Gerald Dawe, Maria Johnston and Clare Wallace, Stewart Parker, Dramatis Personae & Other writings, Prague, Litteraria Pragensia, 2008, 1 - 120pp Book, 2008

Gerald Dawe and Marco Sonzogni, The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems of Salvatore Quasimodo, Todmorden,UK, Arc Publications, 2008, 1 - 86pp Book, 2008

Dawe, Gerald, The proper word: Ireland, poetry, politics (ed. by Nicholas Allen) , Omaha,Nebraska, Creighton University Press, 2007, 1 - 365pp Book, 2007

Dawe, Gerald, Child of the Revolution: Charles Donnelly', Youth and Age Lecture Series, Trinity College Dublin, 14 February 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Dawe, Gerald, The Poetics of Space, a lecture, Boston College, Boston, USA, 23 March 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Dawe, Gerald, Reading, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA, 29 March 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Dawe, Gerald, Where poems come from: an illustrated talk, Literary Translation Group, Trinity College Dublin, 6 March 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Dawe, Gerald, Forging an identity: John Hewitt's cultural hierarchies, John Hewitt International Summer School, Armagh 24 July 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Gerald Dawe, 'Twilight Zones:On the Holocaust and poetic remembering' (with Katrina Goldstone), Irish Studies Review, 13, (2), 2005, p221 - 226 Journal Article, 2005

Dawe, Gerald, Keeping the language efficient: on Derek Mahon, International Association for Study of Irish Literatures, Tokyo, Japan 8 October 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Dawe, Gerald, Brian Coffey: a critical retrospective, Brian Coffey Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, 22 October 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Gerald Dawe, The Template of Europe, The Natural Bridge, 13, 2005, p66 - 77 Journal Article, 2005

Dawe, Gerald, Our Town: Benedict Kiely and Proxopera, Benedict Kiely Literary Seminar, Omagh , 17 September 2005, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Dawe, Gerald, History class: northern poetry, 1970-1982, New Hibernia Review , 7, (1 Spring), 2003 Journal Article, 2003

Kilroy's Wilde in, editor(s)Giovanna Franci and Giovanna Silvani. , The importance of being misunderstood: homage to Oscar Wilde , Bologna, Patron Editore, 2003, [Dawe, Gerald] Book Chapter, 2003

The revenges of the heart: Belfast and the poetics of space in, editor(s)Nicholas Allen, Aaron Kelly , The cities of Belfast, Dublin, Four Courts Press , 2003, [Dawe, Gerald] Book Chapter, 2003

The influence and example of Derek Mahon in, editor(s)Elmer Kennedy-Andrews , The poetry of Derek Mahon , Gerrards Cross , Colin Smythe, 2002, [Dawe, Gerald] Book Chapter, 2002

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gerald Dawe, The Sound of the Shuttle: Essays on Cultural Belonging & Protestantism in Northern Ireland, first, Newbridge, Irish Academic Press, 2020, 1 - 170pp Book, 2020

Gerald Dawe, The Wrong Country: Essays on Modern Irish Writing, first, Newbridge, Irish Academic Press, 2018, 1 - 293pp Book, 2018

Gerald Dawe, The Stoic Man, First, Derry/Londonderry, Lagan Press, 2015, 1 - 196pp Book, 2015 URL

Gerald Dawe & Aodan Mac Poilin, New Selected Poems of Padraic Fiacc, New revised and updated, Belfast, Lagan Press, 2011 Book, 2011

Gerald Dawe, Conversations: Poets & Poetry, First, Belfast, Lagan Press, 2011, 15 - 286pp Book, 2011

Gerald Dawe, Country Music: Uncollected Poems 1974-1989, first, Belfast, Starling Press, 2009, 11 - 42pp Book, 2009

Gerald Dawe, The World as Province:Selected Prose 1980-2008, First, Belfast, Lagan Press, 2009, 13 - 222pp Book, 2009

Gerald Dawe, Catching the Light: Views and Interviews, Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Publishing, 2008, 1 - 181pp Book, 2008

Gerald Dawe, Points West: Poems 2003-2008, Oldcastle, Co.Meath, The Gallery press, 2008, 1 - 50pp Book, 2008

Gerald Dawe and Maria Johnston, Stewart Parker's 'High Pop' The Irish Times Column 1970-1976, Belfast, Lagan Press, 2008, 1 - 399pp Book, 2008

Poetry as commemoration in, editor(s)Eberhard Bort , Commemorating Ireland: history, politics, culture , Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2004, [Dawe, Gerald] Book Chapter, 2004

Dawe, Gerald, The war next door, Irish Pages , (Spring/Summer), 2003 Journal Article, 2003

Dawe, Gerald, Lake Geneva , Oldcastle, Co. Meath , Gallery Press, 2003, 51pp Book, 2003

Dawe, Gerald, The morning train, Oldcastle, Gallery Press, 1999, 51pp Book, 1999

Dawe, Gerald, The rest is history , Newry, Abbey Press, 1998, 123pp Book, 1998

Dawe, Gerald, Against piety: essays in Irish poetry, Belfast, Lagan Press, 1995, 193pp Book, 1995

Research Expertise


Irish and British poetry, Irish drama, twentieth century poetry in translation, creative writing


  • Title
    • Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets
  • Summary
    • A major editorial project containing thirty essays under commission for the Cambridge Companion series, edited b Gerald Dawe for publication in 2018.
  • Date From
    • April 2015
  • Date To
    • 2018
  • Title
    • High Pop & other writings of Stewart Parker
  • Summary
    • A critical edition of playwright and poet, Stewart Parker's literary and academic writings, including his 'High Pop'column which he wrote for The Irish Times in the early 1970s.
  • Date To
    • October 2006
  • Title
    • Anthology of Irish 'war' Poetry,1914-1945
  • Summary
    • The first anthology of Irish poetry of war to be published.
  • Funding Agency
    • The National Lottery, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Military Heritage of Ireland Trust
  • Date From
    • January 2005
  • Date To
    • November 2008
  • Title
    • Dramatis Personae:& other writings by Stewart Parker
  • Summary
    • First collection of playwright Stewart Parker's non-darmatic writings, including his key lecture, Dramatis personae.
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2008


19th Century Irish cultural history; Anglo-Irish literature, poetry; Contemporary poetry in English; Creative Writing; Critical Issues; Irish Writing; Irish writing, poetry, Drama, cinema; Literary Criticism; Poetry; POETS; Translation



Gerald Dawe is a board member of The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University Belfast

Awards and Honours

Bursary for Literature, Arts Council of Ireland 2005

Fellow, English Association (UK) ;Fellow, Trinity College Dublin; Burns Visiting Professor (2005) Boston College, USA. 2003; 2004

Major State Award (Northern Ireland Department of Education; Arts Council Bursary for Poetry; Macaulay Fellowship in Literature; Hawthorden International Writer's Fellowship; Ledig-Rowohlt Fondation Award 1974-77;1980;1985;1986;1999

Charles Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies (Villanova University, Philadelphia,USA 2009

Moore Institute Fellowship, NUI,Galway 2013

Visiting Scholar, Pembroke College, Cambridge 2017


IASIL,Poetry Ireland, English Association (UK)