Born in Dublin in 1959, Dermot Bolger’s thirteen novels include examinations of contemporary Ireland like The Journey Home and Tanglewood, and historical novels that contextualise the Irish experience within 20th European history, like The Family on Paradise Pier and The Lonely Sea and Sky. His debut play, The Lament for Arthur Cleary, received The Samuel Beckett Award and his 2007 play, Walking the Road, was based on the life of the Irish poet Francis Ledwidge who died during the Third Battle of Ypres. He also explores the life of Ledwidge, and other Irishmen caught up in the First World War, in his afterword to the Selected Poems of Francis Ledwidge, which he edited, with an introduction by the late Seamus Heaney, recently published to mark the centenary of Ledwidge’s death in Flanders. His New & Selected Poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious, was published in 2015. Bolger has been Writer Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin, the first ever Writer in Residence at the National Museum of Ireland and Playwright in Association with Ireland’s National Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, who will stage his adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses in Oct 2017. Bolger has championed new Irish writers, firstly through Raven Arts Press, which he founded in his teens, and then by co-founding New Island Books. He devised the best-selling collaborative novels, Finbar’s Hotel and Ladies Night at Finbar’s Hotel and edited many anthologies including The Picador Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction. He is a regular contributor to Ireland’s leading newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper awards.
In the summer of 2017 Dermot Bolger took up residency in Ypres to write a citybook.