Gerard Beirne

Gerard Beirne is an Irish writer living in Canada. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University in 1993. His debut novel The Eskimo in the Net was published by Marion Boyars Publishers in June 2003. In 1996 he published a collection of poems Digging My Own Grave with Dedalus Press in Ireland. An earlier version of this collection won second place in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. He is the recipient of two Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Awards – Best Emerging Fiction Writer Award and New Irish Writer Award. His poetry and fiction has been broadcast on RTE Radio and BBC Radio and has been published widely in various journals and anthologies including Phoenix Irish Short Stories 1998 and Hennessy Book of Irish Short Stories. His story Sightings of Bono was made into a short film by Parallel Productions featuring U2's Bono.

In 1998 Gerard Beirne was commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra to write a theatrical composition with contemporary classical composer Siobhan Cleary. The resulting work Hum! toured Ireland to great acclaim. He has also taught Creative Writing extensively including courses to undergraduates of Eastern Washington University and Dartmouth University, Ma. As well as teaching Drama, Creative Writing and Literature at the Centre for Talented Youth, Dublin City University, Beirne was a resident faculty member of the Eastern Washington Dublin Summer Workshop and taught various writing courses through The Irish Writers‚ Centre, Dublin. Currently he is employed as a mentor with the Manitoba Writers Guild.

In 1999 Beirne moved to a remote Cree Indian reserve in Northern Canada with his wife and family where he lived for two and a half years. While living there he interviewed Elders in the community and edited for publication an anthology of those interviews. He is currently at work on a non-fiction account of his time there.

Sightings of Bono (2000)
The Eskimo in the Net (2003)

Digging My Own Grave (1996)