Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast in 1952 and educated at the University of Ulster and University College Galway where he taught for many years. In 1988 he moved to Trinity College Dublin where he was Professor and Fellow and director of Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing until his retirement in 2017. He has also held visiting professorships at Boston College and Villanova University in the United States as well as being Visiting Scholar at the Moore Institute, NUI, Galway and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
His first collection of poems, Sheltering Places (Blackstaff) was published in 1978. His second collection, The Lundys Letter (1985), published by The Gallery Press, was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature. Other awards include Arts Council Bursaries for Poetry, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, the Ledig-Rowholt International Writers’ Award and Moore Institute Fellowship.
His subsequent poetry collections, Sunday School (1991), Heart of Hearts (1995), The Morning Train (1999), Lake Geneva (2003), Points West (2008) and Mickey Finn’s Air (2014) have also been published by The Gallery Press. His Selected Poems appeared in 2012. The Last Peacock appeared in 2019.
He has published various prose collections including The Proper Word (2007), Of War and War’s Alarms (2015), In Another World: Van Morrison and Belfast (2017) and The Wrong Country (2018). His other publications include The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems of Salvatore Quasimodo (with Marco Sonzogni), Earth Voices Whispering: Irish war poetry, 1914-1945 (both 2008), The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (2018). Ethna McCarthy Poems (with Eoin O’Brien, 2019) and a memoir, Looking Through You is forthcoming in 2020. He lives in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.