Miriam Gallagher was born in Waterford.
Her books are Let’s Help Our Children Talk (non fiction), (Dublin, The O’Brien Press, 1977, 1978, 1979); Fancy Footwork (Selected Plays) (Dublin, Society of Irish Playwrights, 1991, 1997); and Song for Salamander (a novel) (2004, Trafford, Victoria, BC, Canada). She has also published short stories, including Pusakis at Paros and Other Stories (Trafford Publishing, 2008).
She received Arts Council and European Script Fund Awards for her full length screenplay, Girls in Silk Kimonos (celebrating the Gore Booth sisters) and MHA script award for Kevin, a tv film. Her film Gypsies had cinema screenings in Ireland, UK, San Francisco and New York’s Lincoln Center, and was broadcast by RTÉ.
Her plays include Fancy Footwork (Dublin Theatre Festival 1983 & King’s Head, London); The Sealwoman & The Fisher; Dreamkeeper (ContemporEire, 1984); Omlettes (Hampstead, London, 1985); Labels (Dublin Theatre Festival 1985); Carolan’s Cap (National Concert Hall, Dublin, 1986); Dusty Bluebells (Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, 1987); The Ring of Mont de Balison (Ranelagh Millennium Project, Dublin, 1988); ‘Nocturne’ (Dublin, NCH, 1988); Bohemians (NCH,1989); Easter Eggs (Dublin, Andrews Lane Theatre, 1990); Shyllag (Andrews Lane Theatre, 1993); The Nude who painted Back (collaboration with Mia Gallagher & N. Rafal, Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin & Le Petit Herbertot Theatre, Paris, 1999); Midhir & The Firefly (Hollister, California, 2000); Kalahari Blues (Galloglass National Tour, 2001); The Mighty Oak of Riverwood (Dublin, Gate Theatre, 2001); The Gold of Tradaree (Clare Co. Council Arts Award, 2004).
Radio plays for RTÉ include Carolan’s Cap, Willliam Vincent Wallace, and Shyllag.
Her work has been translated into Irish, Dutch, Finnish & Russian. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Ireland, Athens, New York, Boston & Pretoria.
Her mss are in the National Library, Dublin, and film work in the Irish Film Archive.
She lives in Dublin.
Miriam Gallagher’s Website