Gerald Dawe

Gerald Dawe is an award-winning poet and writer from Belfast, and a retired Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Mickey Finn’s Air in 2014. Dawe has been an influential editor and critic for several decades. He is the editor of a wide range of books, including Earth Voices Whispering: An Anthology of Irish War Poetry, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poetry, and Ruined Pages, the selected poems of Padraic Fiacc.

In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast, recently published by Irish Academic Press, is Dawe’s personal response to the musician and the city, giving a unique perspective on the ‘50s and ‘60s Belfast music scene.

Struck by the extraordinary brand of rhythm and blues that was Morrison’s brainchild, Dawe’s book is a celebration of the inspirations that underlie Morrison’s music. Silhouetted in the work is Belfast, moody and vibrant, and the formative influence of the pre-Troubles northern capital on Morrison’s musical direction.

 “…another world indeed, a past captured in these bittersweet essays might also stand for a possible future” – Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times.

Festival Schedule:

Saturday, Oct 13th – 3.30pm to 4:15pm – venue to be confirmed
In Another World: Van Morrison’s Belfast

Sunday, Oct 14th – 2pm to 5pm – Charley’s LG
The Lifeboat in Charley’s (hosted by Stephen Connolly)


schedule is subject to change