Harding, Michael

Michael Harding
Michael Harding. Image source aidenoreilly.com

Michael Harding was born in Cavan in 1953.

He has published two novels, Priests (Blackstaff Press, 1986), and The Trouble With Sarah Gullion (Blackstaff Press, 1988); and the novella Bird in the Snow (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2008).

His plays are Strawboys (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, 1987); Una Pooka (The Peacock, 1989); Misogynist (The Abbey Theatre, 1990); Burying Brian Boru (Theatre Omnibus, 1990); Where the Heart Is (Dublin, Project Arts Centre, 1993); Hubert Murray’s Widow (The Peacock, 1993); The Kiss (Project Arts Centre, 1994);
Ceacht Houdini (Baile Átha Cliath, Amharclann de hIde, 1994); Backsides to the Wind (Waterford, Red Kettle, 1995); Sour Grapes (The Peacock, 1997); Amazing Grace (The Peacock, 1998); Bog Dances (Portlaoise, Steve Wickham and Shake the Spear Theatre @ Dunamaise Arts Centre, 2000); Sleeping a Lovesong (Project Arts Centre 2002); Talking Through His Hat, Dublin Fringe Festival at The Focus Theatre. 2002); Swallow (Gare ST Lazare @ Dublin Fringe Festival. 2003); Birdie Birdie (Sligo, Blue Raincoat Theatre, 2004); Tearmann (Tralee, Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. 2006); The Tinkers Curse (Virginia, Co Cavan, Livin Dred Theatre Co, 2007); Is There Balm in Gilead? (Dun Laoighaire, Pavilion Theatre, 2007).

His memoir is Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking (Dublin, Hachette Ireland, 2013).

In 1980 he received the Hennessey Literary Award for short stories.

Amongst his awards for theatre is The Stewart Parker Theatre Award. He was Writer in Association with the Abbey Theatre in 1993. He has been Writer in Association with The National Theatre in 1993 and he was short listed Short listed for the Irish Times Aer Lingus Literature Award in 1989.

In 2000 he was Writer Fellow at Trinity College and he was nominated for the Jane Snow Award for Theatre writing in 2003. He has also explored connections between theatre and performance art. He was nominated for Best Male Performer, at the Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival, 2002, and he was the overall winner of Best Male Performer Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2003.

He is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Westmeath.


Michael Harding at Irish Playography

Michael Harding at Doolee

Michael Harding at Wikipedia


The Tinker’s Curse. Michael Harding’s play reviewed at Irish Theatre Magazine by Harvey O’Brien

Michael Harding at The National Library of Ireland


One Comment

  1. James J Bunyan

    Really enjoyed Michael’s relaxed performance last night on Brendan O’Connor Show.

    I will get round to buying book next time I am in Easons in Cork or in Dublin.

    I had the pleasure of speaking to him a while back on the landline – one of the few literary geniuses with one in a world gone mad!

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