Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in Moyvane, Co Kerry, in 1952.
A former Chair and Literary Advisor of Writers’ Week, the Writers’ Conference in Listowel, Co. Kerry, he is author of more than twenty books, including poetry in English and Irish, children’s verse in English and Irish, translations from the Irish, essays, and collections of songs and ballads.
His poetry collections in English include Rainsong (Dublin, Beaver Row Press, 1984); The Space Between: New and Selected Poems 1984-92 (Gallimh, Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo, 1993); The Wrenboy’s Carnival: Poems 1980-2000 (Dublin, Merlin Publishing, 2000);and The Boghole Boys, with an introduction by Bernard O’Donoghue (Cork, Mercier Press, 2005).
He has edited The World of Bryan MacMahon: Essays from the Bryan MacMahon Symposium (Mercier Press, 2005); Come All Good Men and True: Essays from the John B. Keane Symposium (Mercier Press); and various anthologies, including, with Declan Kiberd, Flowering Tree: Contemporary Poetry in Irish with Verse Translations (Merlin Publishing, 1991); Irish Poetry Now: Other Voices (Merlin Publishing, 1993); and The Kerry Anthology (Mercier Press, 2000).
His work for children includes But Dad! (Dublin, Poolbeg, 1995); Puppy and the Sausage (Poolbeg, 1998); Dear Grandad (Poolbeg, 2001); and A Giant Never Dies (Poolbeg, 2002).
An award winner at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centenary Poetry Competition, he has twice represented Ireland at the European Festival of Poetry in Louvain, Belgium. A musician and singer, he has played and sung on a number of albums of Irish traditional music. He frequently broadcasts on Irish radio and television and local radio stations on education and the arts.
He lives in Moyvane
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